Village on the Thames raffle raises more than $700 for Chatham Goodfellows

Money was put towards charity's No Child Without a Christmas campaign
1/10/2018  - Deron Hamel
Village on the Thames residents and staff pose with representatives from the Chatham Goodfellows on Dec. 15.  

The folks at the Village on the Thames used money raised through their annual Christmas party raffle to help the Chatham Goodfellows with the organization's 63rd annual No Child Without a Christmas campaign.

During the Chatham-Kent seniors living community's Dec. 14 Christmas party residents and team members organized a raffle that raised $708 for the Goodfellows, an international charity that provides gifts and food to families in need during the holiday season.

This was the first year the Village on the Thames has hosted a fundraiser for the Chatham Goodfellows. Tina and executive director Ian Murray decided together that the Goodfellows would be a worthwhile charity to raise money for this Christmas. The residents were also on board with the idea.

Of course, the fundraiser also ties in with the Steeves & Rozema Group's mission of “creating communities that are good for life,” Tina says.

“After (the party and fundraiser) we called the Goodfellows and asked if they could come over and pick up some money, and they came down (on Dec. 15) and had their picture taken with our residents,” Village on the Thames fun co-ordinator Tina Drew tells S&R Today.

About 140 people, including residents, families and staff members, attended the Village on the Thames' Christmas party. The party also included food and entertainment.

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