Since 1954, Christmas in the Chatham area has been a little happier for some local children and families in need. That’s when Chatham Goodfellows embarked on its campaign to ensure there’s “No Child Without a Christmas”. Through donations and volunteer efforts, the Goodfellows have helped Christmas a special time for children and families with hampers of toys and holiday meals.
Applicants from Chatham and the former townships of Chatham, Dover and Harwich are cross-referenced on a daily basis with the Salvation Army local churches and agencies to avoid duplication. Chatham Goodfellows have a long-standing partnership with the Merlin Legion/Kinsmen to provide for those in need in Merlin, Dealtown, North Buxton and the former Township of Raleigh. Applicants from the other areas of Chatham-Kent are directed to the appropriate service clubs in their area.
Despite the growth and success of Chatham Goodfellows, the premise has always been the same: “No Child Without A Christmas”. The need is greater now than it has ever been. Today, those in need are not centred in one area of the community; the need transcends all areas. However, the one constant is that Chatham Goodfellows is always ready to help needy families at Christmas to ensure there is “No Child Without A Christmas”.