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NOTL Gives Back makes its holiday return with charity drive
Nov. 26, 2022 – From left, Evan and Jessie MacDonald, Santa, Henry Buffington, Carrie Plaskett, William Marinis and Tania Fera-VanGent all volunteered their services during the NOTL Gives Back donation drive on Saturday. JULIA SACCO

Get ready to give back for Niagara-on-the-Lake’s annual food, clothing and toy drive.

NOTL Gives Back is back in town Saturday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the fourth year in a row.

People can donate their gently used clothes, nonperishable food and toys at the Meridian Credit Union Arena in Virgil on the day of the event. 

Donations can also be dropped off at Revel Realty in Virgil until Monday, Dec. 4. 

“NOTL Gives Back is a fantastic collective effort for our community to support those in need during the holidays,” said Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa in a news release.

This year the town is teaming up with the NOTL Minor Hockey Association, Revel Realty, Fine Estates Team and MAC Inc. 

The charity drive was started in the days of COVID-19 “when the need for donations was at an all-time high,” said Marnie Cluckie, the town’s chief administrator.

The food and clothing will go to the food bank and thrift clothing store Newark Neighbours, but the toys will be donated to McMaster Children’s Hospital.

“We place a lot of importance on giving back,” MAC Inc. founder Jessie MacDonald said. “I hope to see many familiar faces at the event.”

Those stopping by on Nov. 25 are welcomed to enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies – and, maybe, expect a visit from old St. Nick himself.

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