Christmas Wish program firing up for the holidays

The Brock-Norma Green Christmas Wish program is getting rolling for yet another holiday season.

Named after its long-time co-ordinator, who passed away in 2012, the program has distributed gifts to families across the township for more than 25 years.

“We’ve got about 10 families signed up so far, which is common for this time of year,” said Ron Haines, a longtime volunteer who assumed the mantle of program co-ordinator following Green’s death.

Last year, the program delivered a happy holiday season to 95 families — including 185 children — across the township.

The hall at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Beaverton was packed with donated items, which were sorted, wrapped and delivered to local families by volunteers.

Haines said he’s continually floored by the amount of support from the community.

“It blows me away each and every year.”

Several local schools, community organizations, families and businesses contribute to the program by sponsoring families, while other donations are collected through the toy drives at TD Bank in Beaverton and the Scotiabank branch in Cannington.

For more information on the Brock-Norma Christmas Wish program, call St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 705-426-5972.

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