Gift of Christmas marks 49 years

CHOK's Mike Harford and Salvation Army Captain Mark Braye. Nov 12, 2018. ( photo)

Donations are being collected for CHOK’s annual Gift of Christmas toy drive.

The toys will be included in hampers distributed by the Salvation Army to local families in need.

Captain Mark Braye said last year, 850 food hampers were handed out and toys were given to over 400 children.

Braye said gifts are also needed for the older children and young teens.

“Gift cards to the mall, to Cole’s, gift cards to the theatre, I think stuff like that is a really solid choice for the 12 to 14 age range,” said Braye.

Donations of unwrapped children’s toys and gifts can be left at any McDonald’s locations in Sarnia and at Blackburn Radio at 1415 London Rd.

Hamper registration is underway until Saturday, November 24 at the Salvation Army church on Confederation Street.

“So these next two weeks for registration, they bring all their information for i.d in the household, proof of income and expenses,” said Braye. “We go through the formula and they get a date and their ticket, and they come back to the church later in December and pick it up.”

There will be no late registrations allowed this year.