Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Gift CK: ‘The biggest community holiday event in Chatham-Kent history’

Organizers are calling it “the biggest community holiday event in Chatham-Kent history.”

And “The Gift” is less than 24 hours away.

On Saturday, November 21, residents from across Chatham-Kent will place an unwrapped gift or non-perishable food item on their doorstep.

Volunteers in each community will pick up these donations and deliver them to central depots where they will be distributed within that community to those who are in need.

Organized in two and a half months, the event has over 3,000 registered volunteers and countless other volunteers who did not officially register.

“We’ve had great support for this event from every corner of Chatham-Kent,” stated Brent Wilken, one of the organizers of the event, in a press release.

“During such a difficult time, it’s very encouraging the holiday spirit we’re seeing across the community. We know our fellow citizens always show up in a big way to support their neighbours. From Wheatley to Ridgetown to Wallaceburg to Highgate – and every community in between, all of Chatham-Kent is part of The Gift.”

Organizers say one of the most spirited components of The Gift CK is the community dance challenge, launched by Ascension Dance.

They created a short dance routine to share with the community. People are encouraged to send their own videos from the event to by Nov 21 to be part of a wrap up video.

Organizers say the top priority of this event is the health and safety of all participants, which includes all of their volunteers wearing masks, practicing social distancing and following all Ontario public health guidelines.

Visit for a list of depots and more details.

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