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Increase in clients for Operation Red Nose

St. John Ambulance experienced a greater demand for its free ride service over the Christmas holiday period this year.

Operation Red Nose, the chauffeur service run by St. John Ambulance over the holiday period, saw a significant increase in usage in Thunder Bay this season.

It provided revelers with 774 safe rides home, a 23 per cent increase over last year.

The project ran during 15 nights between November 25 and December 30.

St. John Ambulance says 168 volunteers signed up to give rides to partiers.

Although the service is free, the organization accepts donations from clients, with all proceeds going to St. John Ambulance youth programs.]

Donations from the community this season increased by nearly $2,000, reaching over $14,500.