Graham Hicks is the founder and Honorary Chair for the Adopt-A-Teen program. A columnist with the Edmonton Sun, Graham started Adopt-A-Teen in 1999 upon realizing no Christmas gift program existed in Edmonton for under-privileged youth once past the age of 12.
In the first year several hundred teens received gifts. Since then the program has grown. Annually 7,500 to 8,000 teens are provided a gift at Christmastime.
Today all teens aged 13 to 17 years from families registered with the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton are eligible to receive the Walmart gift card.
Follow the 2017 Edmonton Sun Adopt-A-Teen Campaign from Dec. 1 to Dec. 24 in the Edmonton Sun and on our blog.