The Chatham Goodfellows are preparing to launch their 66th “No Child Without a Christmas” campaign and are announcing some necessary changes to fund-, food- and toy-raising for local families.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Chatham Goodfellows will not be able to fundraise and collect goods through the traditional Porchlight and Street Sales campaigns because they cannot safely and consistently socially distance while taking cash donations from people at store entrances or collecting food, toys and money from front porches.
With a commitment to continue their tradition, the Goodfellows said they have a game plan that includes a Virtual Porchlight Campaign where, on a designated night, people will be able to e-transfer money and light up their porch lights to show support.
Goodfellows are also planning two weekends, one in November and one in December, when people can drop off toys and non-perishable food. Donors will drive to a central location and simply pop their trunks to allow volunteers to safely remove the goods while respecting social distancing.
Families wishing to register for “No Child Without A Christmas” baskets will be notified when to apply by phone or e-mail. The organization expects that to take place in November.
As always, Chatham Goodfellows want to thank past volunteers for the gift of their time and commitment for the cause. This year volunteers will be limited due to COVID restrictions.
The hope is that all past volunteers will maintain their enthusiasm for “No Child Without A Christmas” and be ready to help again next year.