The Gift takes over Chatham-Kent

Photo via The Gift CK Facebook

Don’t forget to leave a donation on your doorstep at noon today for The Gift.

Volunteers will spread out across Chatham-Kent on Saturday, November 21 to collect the gifts for the people in need this Christmas.

“Our community has realized that there’s a need, and our community stepped up,” said Planning Committee Member Luke Davidson. “You know, we have over 3,000 volunteers. That’s huge, and people are still signing up.”

Davidson added that they have enough volunteers for Saturday, but they more to help sort and distribute the donations in the coming weeks.

The Gift is similar to the May 16th Miracle, which collected nearly 700,000 pounds of food for local food banks.

If you’re not sure what to donate, Davidson said there are a number of items they need.

“Food-wise, non-perishable food items is absolutely best. And then as for toys, unwrapped toys. The reason we ask for unwrapped is because we literally have a slew of volunteers who are going to be sorting everything, and then wrapping it.”

Donations will be distributed to 18 community groups, including the Chatham Goodfellows, Salvation Army, and Outreach for Hunger.

Anyone that lives in a rural area, or would prefer to drop off their donations, a number drop off locations throughout Chatham-Kent. A full list can be found on their website, www.thegiftck.ca.