Christmas is a few short months away, and this year the Cheer may be dampened in the Sault.
As the Christmas Cheer Program turns 50 this year, they find themselves in need of a home for their collection and packing process, which they hope to start in the middle of November.
“I’m sure I’ve been seen on a number of surveillance cameras in the City,” joked Christmas Cheer convenor Diane Marshall during Monday evening’s council meeting, talking about how she’s been looking in windows of empty locations, on the hunt for a place to call home.
This $100,000 operation (funded entirely by the Santa Clause Fund) serves 1,600 – 1,800 families across the Algoma Region and sees a large number of what Marshall calls “Santa’s Senior Elves,” – retirees that volunteer their time to this cause.
Marshall said because this is such a large operation, they’re in need of a building approximately 8,000 – 10,000 sq. ft. Previously, Christmas Cheer has taken place in abandoned grocery stores, schools and warehouses. Last year, it was homed in the old Sears building, which is currently unavailable due to housing Spirit Halloween.
Marshall said she hopes that in the future, Christmas Cheer will partner up with Harvest Algoma, but at the moment, they need funding to construct a building on the Harvest Algoma property.
Anyone with any suggestion is asked to reach Marshall by phone at 705-779-2186 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to call Mayor Provenzano at 705-759-5344.