Grimsby Benevolent Fund, fire department join forces for Santa Claus parade

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This year, the Grimsby Benevolent Fund and the Grimsby Fire Department are joining forces with Santa Claus.

At Grimsby’s Santa Claus Parade on Dec. 4, both GBF and the fire department will be collecting donations from those in attendance.

GBF is gearing up for the parade and the holiday season by registering individuals and families with low income residing in Grimsby for the 2021 Christmas Hamper program.

Registered households will receive a full Christmas Hamper, which includes grocery gift card, frozen turkey, fresh produce box filled with fruits and vegetables, a Christmas treat bag and gifts for each member in the household.

With the help of the fire department, GBF will be collecting items for the hampers. Paradegoers are asked to hand donations either to the walking firefighters or drop off donations Peach King Centre during the pre-parade.

“The Grimsby firefighters want to help and consider the food drive to be very important,” said Jeff Bergshoeff, a Grimsby firefighter.

“We are proud to be able to partner with the GBF to make this event a success,” he added.

Bergshoeff also extended a thank you to sponsors of the food drive, whose logos will be on the bags in which donations are collected.

GBF is asking interested donors to give a host of items, including but not limited to, gifts for children such as toy vehicles, both remote controlled and otherwise as well as dolls, science kits and board games.

For teens, GBF is seeking hygiene items such as body sprays, colognes and perfume kits, as well as shaving kits, wallets, purses, sports equipment, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors merchandise, pyjamas, slippers, restaurant gift cards and hair and make up tools.

For adults, GBF is asking much of the same as they are for teens, such personal hygiene products, but as well as throw blankets, bed sheets (double and/or queen sets), bath towels, face cloths, dish cloths, tea towels, sweatshirt and sweatpants, haircut gift certificates, gas and grocery gift cards, as well as gift cards for Giant Tiger or various restaurants.

GBF is also seeking donations of various food items, such as children's snacks in the form of pudding cups, fruit cups, granola bars, cookies and crackers. Fruit juices in large quantities and breakfast items such as cereals, oatmeal, jam and peanut butter are also needed. Condiments, soups, stew sloppy joe mix, canned meat or fish, canned vegetables and canned fruit.

Personal hygiene products such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soaps and toothpaste are also in high demand, as are household products such as laundry detergent, dish soap and other cleaning supplies. Baby needs such as cereal and other baby goods, wipes, diapers size 4, 5 and 6 and pull-ups are also needed, as well as pet food and pet supplies.

Registered households can pick up their Christmas Hampers from the GBF Wellness Hub at 19 Elm St. in Grimsby on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 8 to 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Individuals and families requiring support this holiday season, can contact 905-309-5664, ext. 22.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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