Porchlight raises $36,500

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Mary Ann Wieringa packs a van with food Thursday at St. Joseph’s Auditorium as part of the food delivery for Chatham Goodfellows. Vans and trucks lined up beside the auditorium as volunteers jammed them full of food, destined to land on tables of families in need in Chatham this holiday season.
Mary Ann Wieringa packs a van with food during the 2013 Goodfellows campaign.

It was a good night for the Goodfellows Monday. The 60th annual Porchlight campaign raised $36,500, which is about $1,000 more than last year’s effort.

As well, residents donated more than 50 banana boxes full of toys and non-perishable food.

The Goodfellows board of directors appreciates the generosity of the public, especially in the wake of a theft of $3,700 in toys and batteries from the organization last month.

Next up for the Goodfellows is toy packing on Dec. 8-11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 280 Grand Ave. E.

Street sales take place Dec. 12 and 13 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Delivery of the toys will occur Dec. 17 after 5:30 p.m.

And food packing takes place Dec. 18 starting at 8 a.m. at the Spirit and Life Centre (the former St. Joseph’s Auditorium on Wellington Street.

For more information, visit chathamgoodfellows.ca.

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