Early start for Christmas Wish program

It may operate a little different this year but the Brock/Norma Green Christmas Wish program is firing up for the 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 nearly 30 years.

But the COVID-19 pandemic is sure to have an impact – from new safety protocols for the team of volunteers and the number of local families that may need assistance.

“We are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst,” said Ron Haines, a longtime volunteer who assumed the mantle of program co-ordinator following Green’s death.

“Because of some of the safety protocols that we are putting in place, it is more important than ever that people apply to our program as early as possible.”

Last year, the program delivered a happy holiday season to 87 families — including 181 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 area toy drives.

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

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