50 years of giving with CHOK

50th annual Gift of Christmas kick-off on Nov 14, 2019. BlackburnNews.com photo by Stephanie Chaves.

CHOK’s 50th annual Gift of Christmas toy drive is officially underway.

Donations will benefit the Salvation Army’s Christmas Gift Hamper campaign for families in need.

Unwrapped children’s toys and gifts can be left at McDonald’s locations on London Road, Exmouth Street and Christina Street in Sarnia or at Blackburn Radio at 1415 London Rd.

Salvation Army Lieutenant Brad Webster said they expect to distribute over 800 hampers to area families, including over 600 children.

“We’ve seen an increase that’s for sure,” said Webster. “Just seeing the number of folks coming through our foyer, the need is definitely increased this year and the total will be above last year.”

Hamper registration is underway until Friday, November 22, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays, at the Salvation Army church on Confederation Street.

Residents are reminded to bring with them identification for everybody in the household, proof of residence and proof of income.