Porchlight effort collects nearly $58,000

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Volunteers with the Chatham Goodfellows went knocking on doors Dec. 4, seeking donations to their annual No Child Without a Christmas campaign.

They came away with nearly $57,700.

Organizers said that’s down slightly from the 2022 total of $59,000, but are still amazed at the level of support.

“The Chatham Goodfellows board is left utterly speechless, and is very ecstatic to announce our total this year,” the Goodfellows said in a media release. “Chatham continues to always have our backs.

“Thanks to all who have donated to our Porchlight campaign and to all the incredible volunteers. We are truly humbled.”

On top of the cash donations, Porchlight brought in about 2,000 toys, which is up from last year, as well as donations of food for those in need.

The next big fundraising element for the Goodfellows is its Street Sales, where they seek donations from the public in front of many local stores. That takes place Dec. 15 and 16.

According to the Goodfellows, they spent in excess of $215,000 last year to purchase toys and food for their hamper programs, where toys for children and food for families go out to those in need in Chatham and Tilbury.

People can donate directly to the organization. You can e-transfer funds to donate@chathamgoodfellows.ca or send a cheque to Chatham Goodfellows, P.O. Box 114, Chatham, Ont., N7M 5K1

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