Thousands of volunteers rallied across Chatham-Kent on Saturday to make something special happen again to benefit those in need.
“You have to feel it to believe it,” said Brent Wilken, a main organizer of The Gift C-K. The event involved more than 3,000 volunteers who collected, unloaded and sorted a mountain of donated food and toys.
“I don’t know how to describe the look and the feeling of these people that have been (participating),” he added.
Wilken, who was among the core group that organized the May 16 Miracle that collected nearly 680,000 pounds food, said there’s a different feel to The Gift.
“It’s another step towards togetherness,” he said.
Noting this event involved working with several organizations, he said, “This has gone a little deeper into our hearts, we have taken care of each other even a little more.”
People of all ages were helping out on Saturday.
Julia Snelgrove, 13, was helping collect donations from porches in Chatham, because she wants to make sure everyone has a good Christmas.