Rudolph might be on vacation, but the volunteers at Operation Red Nose are expecting a busy New Year’s Eve.
Spokesperson Chris Wilson says his team covering Burnaby, New West and the Tri-Cities set a record for 165 rides last year.
“I think if people could plan their own safe rides home that would be great. Operation Red Nose will always be there to help people get home. Sometimes people don’t have another alternative.”
“The challenge we have with New Year’s Eve is like I say, it’s the busiest night and almost everybody wants to get home between midnight and 3 o’clock. And so most nights that we operate, the calls are kind of spread out over about a 6-hour time period, but with New Year’s Eve, it’s a lot more compressed.”
Wilson advises people to make sure to call ahead of time if they need a ride home.
“Unfortunately most of the organizations that run the Operation Red Nose program in each municipality aren’t set up to take bookings. So what we do ask is that people call, you know, an hour to two hours before they’re ready to get picked up. That way we can get them in the queue to plan, plan peoples rides.”
Operation Red Nose is a free service, but collects donations for local youth sports teams and has raised 1.5 million dollars for youth initiatives.
With files from Kyle Benning