The staff at a Beaverton business will be playing Santa to at least a dozen families thanks to support from the community.
The annual fundraiser hosted by Barney’s Restaurant drew more than 200 residents and raised $8,000 that will be used to sponsor families through the Brock-Norma Green Christmas Wish program.
“We sponsored a dozen families last year and are hoping to do the same this year,” said Kim Duguay, owner of Barney’s.
“We met with Ron (Haines) from Christmas Wish yesterday and have already been registered for six families, including one with eight children. The more the merrier.”
Many of the items up for grabs in the auctions were donated by area businesses and residents.
“Almost every business in town took part,” Duguay noted.
It’s the seventh year Barney’s has hosted the event and more than $15,000 has been raised in the last two years.
“Every year, we’ve been able to raise a little more,” Duguay said.
“We’ve got a ton of support from the community. We really appreciate it.”
Named after its long-time co-ordinator, who passed away in 2012, the Brock-Norma Green Christmas Wish program has distributed gifts to families across the township for more than 25 years.
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.