Dayna Lovell shared her father’s compelling story at the 60th Chatham Goodfellows Annual General Meeting. Dana said that she was very fortunate while growing up, her father Chris was a career member of the Canadian Military and she and her siblings were fortunate not to ever need assistance from Chatham Goodfellows. However, her father, Chris Lovell was not as fortunate. He was one of nine children growing up in Chatham with very little. Her father did not remember Santa as a big jolly man delivering presents, but rather “men in winter clothing” delivering toys to he and his and sisters and brothers. Chris has an indelible image of the members of Goodfellows delivering toys to him when he was a young boy.
Today the Lovell family “Give Back”. Each year Chris and his wife give their grandchildren money for Christmas. The Lovell grandchildren, Karli Lovell-MaccMullin, Ayden, Conner, Logan, Ashton, Kaiden, Ryleigh and Stella Lovell donate the money to Chatham Goodfellows so that there will be“No Child Without a Christmas”. This year the grandchildren donated $400.00 to Chatham Goodfellows.
The photograph – Dayna Lovell takes a selfie donating $400.00 to Chatham Goodfellows Director Tim Haskell.
Chatham Goodfellows appreciates the generosity of the media, businesses, organizations and citizens. Our motto is simple; No Child Without a Christmas. While our Code is much longer one of the key statements in the Code says it all; It’s understanding a neighbour’s plight, and caring enough to do what’s right.
- December 16 – December 17 Street Sales.
- December 20 – Toy Deliveries at 5:30 pm at 280 Grand Avenue East ( Old Sunnen//Guspro Building).
- December 21 – Food Packing and Deliveries at Spirit and Life Centre 184 Wellington Street West (former St. Joseph Auditorium). Food packing begins at 8 am, and deliveries begin shortly after 12 noon.
Director Chatham Goodfellows