Dryden’s annual Christmas Cheer campaign will return in 2020, though it will operate much differently than previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know the pandemic has created increased financial challenges for many individuals and families and as a result, we anticipate an even greater need this holiday season,” explained Community Support Centre NW staff, who coordinate the campaign.

Changes to Christmas Cheer include:

- Only monetary donations will be accepted
- Staff will not accept toy or food donations
- Gift cards will replace food hampers, toys and gifts for children
- Cancellation of Adopt-A-Family sponsored hampers
- Christmas Cheer recipient applications will not be accepted in-person

“This year, the program will be totally dependent on monetary donations. Funds will be used to purchase gift cards that will allow recipients to buy their own food hamper items.”

“We are extremely hopeful that the generosity of our contributors will be sufficient to allow us to also purchase gift cards for families to buy toys/gifts for their children.”

Christmas Cheer is an annual fundraising campaign in the Dryden community, supported by the Community Support Centre NW. It collects donations each year, and supports 350 families with toys, food and other supports over the holiday season.

Donation forms can be emailed to cheer@drytel.net,deposited in the Christmas Cheer drop-box at the Community Support Centre at 53 Arthur Street, or mailed. Cheques should be made payable to Christmas Cheer, and e-transfers may be sent to cheer@drytel.net.

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