They put the "fun" in fundraising.

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They put the "fun" in fundraising.

A baker's dozen of Skills for Learning students representing Dakota Collegiate delivered $1,400 in "game-show" winnings to the Winnipeg Free Press Miracle on Mountain campaign Friday.

The money goes to the Christmas Cheer Board to help pay for holiday-season hampers provided to city families in need.

Dakota, which has raised money for Miracle on Mountain in the past, generated excitement among students for this year's effort with "Hamperdy" — along with answering Jeopardy-like questions correctly, students were awarded points for every dollar and non-perishable food item they collected.

Skills for Living teacher Tim Conrad said he's thrilled with the support and enthusiasm he has seen from his students, who are living with cognitive and physical disabilities. They're responsible for collecting donations from other classrooms and for counting the cash.

"It gives them an opportunity to show that they can help like everybody else," he said, adding morale soars at Dakota at this time of year. "We're banging on doors collecting money. We're running all over the place filling hampers."

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>Students in the Skills for Living program at Dakota Collegiate arrive at the Winnipeg Free Press with a cheque for more than $1,400 to give to the Miracle on Mountain charity.</p>

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Students in the Skills for Living program at Dakota Collegiate arrive at the Winnipeg Free Press with a cheque for more than $1,400 to give to the Miracle on Mountain charity.

The school, which has a student population near 1,400, set a fundraising goal of at least one dollar for each one, so mission accomplished.

Victoria MacDonald, 15, said she was happy to have played a role in helping kids in need. Classmate Chris Espinosa, 18, who was involved for the first time said he enjoyed participating in the effort to help others in the community.

Last year Miracle on Mountain raised $107,000 for the Christmas Cheer Board.

Meanwhile, the board is looking for some generous elves with vehicles and some time to drive them.

Some 9,000 hampers have to be delivered directly to people unable to pick them up.

Volunteers should go to this year's cheer board HQ at 550 Milt Stegall Dr. (between Ellice and Sargent avenues), weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Deliveries will continue until next Saturday.

And if you're still looking for a Christmas tree, Jensen's Nursery is doing its annual fundraiser to help Miracle on Mountain. The nursery, located at 2550 McGillivray Blvd., is donating $2 per tree to help us help the city's hungry. Call them at 204-488-5042 for more information.

kiera.kowalski@freepress.mb.ca