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CHML Christmas Tree of Hope blitz weekend underway

The Christmas Tree of Hope tree lighting ceremony will start at 6 o'clock Friday evening at Gore Park, in compliance with COVID-19 protocols. Lisa Polewski / 900 CHML

Friday is the kick off to CHML’s Christmas Tree of Hope blitz weekend.

Through the generosity of residents, CHML has been able to support dozens of children’s charities at Christmas and throughout the year.

There are a number of agencies in and around the city that do incredible work that will benefit from the funds, like Hamilton Food Share.

“This year we know about 9000 households will reach out because they just don’t have enough this Christmas season,” said Joanne Santucci, CEO of Hamilton Food Share.

“Attached to those 9,000 households is approximately 25,000 people.”

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Santucci’s advice in terms of donations Hamiltonians may want to make to Food Share, should think about what they would like to have during the holidays.

There’s vegetables or donate a turkey to your local food bank,” Santucci said.

“Or maybe volunteer and help put some of those members…sending pallets and pallets of food into our community for our food banks.”

Over $6 million has been raised to help children and families in need in Hamilton, since the campaign was launched in the 1970’s.

You can donate by texting the word ‘DONATE’ to 30333 to make a five dollar or 25 dollar donation, or visit the 900 CHML website.

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The CHML Christmas Tree of Hope tree lighting ceremony was held Friday evening at Gore Park, in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

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