Operation Christmas Tree now plugged in

A long-running fundraising drive that brightens the holidays for hundreds of less fortunate families in St. Clair Township is now accepting donations.

The 33rd edition of Operation Christmas Tree organized by the Moore Optimist Club aims to fill and distribute hampers of food vouchers and toys to about 140 local families.

“Each family receives a food hamper containing food vouchers (redeemable at the Foodland grocery store) for turkey, potatoes, vegetables, as well as Christmas cake, can goods, condiments, other staples,” said project chairman Fred Strickland. “(They’ll also receive) a toy hamper containing toys, books and clothing, all matched to the children’s ages.”

The Optimists are partnering with the Corunna OPP detachment to solicit donations.

Members of the public can drop off non-perishable food, cash or new toys for children aged 8-12 years at a Dec. 13 police station drive-through at the corner of Hill and Lyndoch streets, between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donations can also be dropped off at the Corunna Emergency Services building weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Nov. 24 and Dec. 17.