Christmas Cheer

With Christmas fast approaching, service clubs, charities and businesses are busy organizing ways for the community to provide for those in need. Here’s a listing of ways to give this holiday season:

A Toy Drive will take place on Friday, December 4, at the UNFC Circle of Life Centre, 616 Mowat Ave, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off your new, unwrapped toy, and get a chance to meet the Lakers hockey players! The toys will go towards the facility’s Adopt-A-Family program. Stuffed toys cannot be accepted this year, due to COVID-19.

The Stuff-A-Cruiser holiday food drive will take place this Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. To 4 p.m. Watch for cruisers at Walmart, The Place, Cloverleaf in Emo and the Beaver Mills Market.

Saturday is the last chance to donate to the Bargain Shop’s toy drive! The store will also be donating 10 per cent of sales to the Salvation Army for Saturday.

The Salvation Army is still accepting adoptive families for its Adopt-a-Family program. Participants are matched with a family in need, and a basic shopping list, to provide a Christmas dinner and toys for a family in need.

The Giving Tree in the lobby of Rainycrest Long-term Care home is full of ornaments, representing residents and their modest Christmas wishes. Many residents don’t have family nearby and may not get a gift this Christmas. Each ornament has details about a resident. Shop for a gift and bring it back to Rainycrest to brighten the holidays for a Rainycrest resident.

The Kenora Child and Family Services Angel Tree program is in full swing. The angel ornaments at local retailers each represent a child in need, or in foster care. Details are available about their age, gender and Christmas wishes. Shop for a gift and bring it to the check-out with the ornament to get it to the child for Christmas morning.

Fort Frances GM is organizing a drive to collect items for the Out of the Cold shelter. Register for curbside pick-up before December 17. Items include socks, underwear, toiletries and sweatshirts. For a full listing, visit the Fort Frances GM facebook page or call them at 274-5321.

The Family Centre is in need of snacks and other food items for clients of the facility and its food bank. Donations can be dropped off daily at the Old CN Station. They are also accepting hats, mitts and other warm clothing.