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Generous donation. Teamsters Local 938 Retirees' Club donated $1,000 and hundreds of toys to The Mississauga News Santa Claus Fund. Here, club president Ray Gillard presents a cheque to The Mississauga News' publisher Ken Nugent. Joining them are Teamsters 938 Retirees (from left) Bruno Pozzobon, Anna Marie Gillard, Caroline Maceachen, Larry Arseneau, Doug Bryan and Gus Maceachen. Photo by Jason Okolisan  
 

Members of the Teamsters Local 938 Retirees' Club believe every child should have a gift under the tree on Christmas morning. That's why they've contributed once again to The Mississauga News Santa Claus Fund, a subsidiary of The Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund. This morning, representatives from the Mississauga chapter presented The Mississauga News with a cheque for $1,000 and several hundred toys.

"We're all seniors now and our grandkids are up and gone," said chapter president Ray Gillard. "We just thought it would be nice to donate to some of the children in need over the holiday season."
Teamsters raised the money by organizing bus trips to casinos and other social functions, with all proceeds going to the fund. Last year, the group, which represents retirees from various industries, raised $1,500. Gillard said the experience is rewarding. "When we see kids who need presents and a helping hand, we get a lot of enjoyment out of helping them out."

This year, The Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund hopes to raise $1.6 million, every penny of which goes toward purchasing goods for children. If you'd like to make the holiday season that much better for a child in need, you can donate to The Mississauga News Santa Claus Fund. No minimum donation is required. Even a small donation goes a long way toward ensuring a merry Christmas for children in your community. To make a secure donation, visit www.thestar.com/santaclausfund. For Visa and MasterCard donations, call 416-869-4847. Also, you can send your cheque to: The Mississauga News Santa Claus Fund, 3145 Wolfedale Rd., Mississauga, ON, L5C 3A9.

The Star absorbs all administrative costs, so all proceeds go directly into buying the gifts. The Santa Claus Fund does not allow anyone to solicit on its behalf. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations.
If you have a story you'd like to share about The Mississauga News Santa Claus Fund, e-mail Iain Colpitts at icolpitts@mississauga.net.

This article appeared in the December 9th issue of the Mississauga News.