Over the past month, staff across our three sites in Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton and Windsor-Essex have been working together to grant the holiday wishes of local families in need. Through the collection and purchase of over 400 toys, several boxes of food goods and over $1100 cash, our staff helped to provide a merry holiday season across Erie St. Clair!
At our Chatham site, the social committee organized a toy and food drive for the Chatham Goodfellows. This support was much needed as the Goodfellows were struck by a devastating theft in November. Our staff pulled together to raise over three boxes of toys, a box of food goods and $900.00 cash! The Chatham Goodfellows were very appreciative of the donations as the Chatham-Kent community banded together to make up for the earlier theft.
In Sarnia, Peggy Chapin organized the symbolic adoption of a family consisting of eight children, ages 7 to 18, and two parents through the Inn of the Good Shepherd. The wish lists of each family member were provided so that staff could purchase the requested items. A box for each family member's gifts was placed in the Sarnia kitchen. The boxes were filled and, in addition, over $1,000.00 was donated. This money as used to purchase further items from the wish lists, as well as to provide groceries for the holiday season.
Everything was dropped off at the Inn of the Good Shepherd on Thursday, December 18th. Each family is assigned a table where their items are placed. The generosity of Sarnia staff is so overwhelming that we consistently need two tables for all the items!
"It is truly inspiring to see the staff come together to make a local family's Christmas a little brighter," explained Peggy Chapin. "We feel very privileged to have had this opportunity. It brings a whole new meaning to Christmas."
Sparky's Toy Drive was once again the recipient of Windsor staff's generosity. With Diane Shaw's leadership, over 200 toys and $200.00 were raised to benefit children in need throughout Windsor-Essex. Specifically, staff were encouraged to donate those items that are in high demand for older children.
Thank you to all staff at the Erie St. Clair CCAC who helped to bring some joy to the lives of families in our communities! The Erie St. Clair CCAC looks forward to continuing this tradition next year.