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Community shows generous spirit at Richmond Christmas Fund Drive-Thru

With Christmas now just weeks away, Richmond residents flashed their generous spirits by donating hundreds of unwrapped toys at the second annual Richmond Christmas Fund Drive-Thru at Lansdowne Centre mall’s parking lot.

In the early hours of a damp and windy Saturday morning, volunteers handed out coffee and muffins as vehicles lined up to make donations to local families in need.

Wayne Duzita, community chair of the Richmond Christmas Fund, said the response was unbelievable.

The second annual effort brought in four times as much as last year, both in terms of toys, and cash.

“It’s a huge response from the community. It’s overwhelming. We’re just delighted.”

That generosity will translate into an even better Christmas season for local families.

More than 2,500 local children, men and women are helped each year, receiving grocery vouchers, toys, and books to help make their holiday season a special one.

QMFM was broadcasting live from the site, McDonalds supplied the muffins, and Van Houte handed out coffee, and Ashton Service Group kept the place nice and cosy with heaters and canopies.

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