The holiday season is a special time for many people each year.

To many, it means time spent with family, eating way too much delicious food, opening lots of Christmas presents, hanging out in pajamas, and maybe getting a visit from St. Nick.

But for some, the holiday season can mean quite the opposite: fear, disappointment, Anxiety, abandonment. These are just a few of the problems that some families face when the holidays arrive.

Luckily, there are a few shining stars in Timmins who organize Christmas Eve boxes for the less fortunate so that they their Christmas can be just as special.

Nancy and Derrick Porter organize a Christmas Eve box donation drive, and this holiday season will be their 3rd year. On top of collecting gift donations, the aim of the campaign is to create memories of the holidays, and to create an experience that the families won’t soon forget. Holidays are all about tradition, and the Porter’s are hoping with their donation drive, a few new traditions may be created.

As Nancy Porter told me, it’s all about paying it forward in the community:

The donation campaign is looking for donations of hot chocolate, popcorn, movies, toys and other things that would be great for a Christmas celebration. The ideal age range for gifts would be between 0 and 16 years old.

Last year, they were able to give out 37 Christmas Eve boxes, and this year they could use your help to reach their goal of 50!

If you would like to donate to this amazing campaign, donations from Timmins can be picked up, by calling Nancy at 705 365-0576. If you are making a donation in Iroquois Falls, you can drop-off your donations directly at 875 Centennial Street in Iroquois Falls. You can also drop-off donations at Moose FM, at 49 Cedar in Timmins, Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm.