With the holidays around the corner, the North Bay Santa Fund is preparing to deliver over 600 Christmas baskets for families in need.
Due to the pandemic, the baskets will be packed at Memorial Gardens thanks to a partnership with the City of North Bay.
“This was a huge help for us as the Chippewa Barracks was not available because of the pandemic,” said Scott Clark, Chair of the Santa Fund.
The volunteer elves in charge of packing the baskets have been selected and pre-screened to prepare for the December 23 delivery day. The basket-packing is normally a community event, but the pandemic has put restrictions on its usual operations.
The event requires about $140,000 to be raised to help out everyone on the list.
106.3 Moose FM’s annual Radiothon partnered with the Santa Fund to kick off the event. With over 12 hours of specialized programming, the Moose raised over $21,000.
“It’s just so incredible to have such a great, local team,” said Peter Hobbs, General Manager of Moose FM. “We’ve been working with the Santa Fund for 15 years now. We’ve been working hard to get the Santa Fund where it needs to go. They still have a long way to go but we’re really proud we could help them get it launched.”
The Santa Fund hopes to partner with local businesses to help deliver Christmas baskets. Interested businesses are urged to sign up by emailing [email protected] by December 16.
“I can’t begin to thank the Santa Fund committee and their complete dedication to support families in North Bay, it’s inspiring”, said Clark.
Donations are still be accepted for the Santa Fund at the North Bay Nugget from 9 am to 1 pm, Monday to Friday.