Members of the Dryden OPP and area emergency responders have helped to raise over $2,100 for those in need over the holiday season, after collecting donations for Christmas Cheer at their detachment over the weekend.

“The Dryden OPP would like to thank members of the public for their overwhelming generosity and for supporting this effort to raise donations for the Dryden Christmas Cheer Campaign,” stated members, in a prepared release.

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 supports over the holiday season.

This year’s Christmas Cheer campaign will continue despite COVID-19, although it will operate differently this year.

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

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.

For more information:
Dryden OPP working to support Christmas Cheer