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Christmas will be brighter for as many as 15 families thanks to corporate donor

Hint: It was a gold mining company
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Frank Giorno for TimminsToday

There will be gifts under the Christmas tree this year for 15 Timmins families thanks to a $5,000 donation by Goldcorp to the Timmins and Area Women in Crisis Holiday Wish campaign.

“We really appreciate Goldcorp’s contribution to our Holiday Wish campaign,” said Becky Mason, Public Education Coordinator for TAWC.

Bryan Neeley, Goldcorp’s Sustainability Manager and Theresa Rycaj, Goldcorp - Porcupine Gold Mines Donations Committee member were on hand to announce the contribution to the Holiday Wish campaign.

“Goldcorp is pleased to support the Timmins & Area Women in Crisis at this time of year,” Neeley said.  “The programs and services they provide are essential to a building a healthier community.”

The donation from Goldcorp was greatly welcomed by TAWC.

“It never ceases to amaze me how giving Goldcorp can be!” added Mason.

“Goldcorp’s donation means 10 to 15 more families will be helped by the Holiday Wish this year,” Mason added.

“Some of our sponsors choose to purchase, wrap and deliver the gifts themselves to the families,” explained Mason.

“Some go all out and even dress up as Santa Claus or elves and show up to people’s homes with the gifts,” she said.

Other sponsors provide the funds to TAWC who purchase and wrap the gifts before delivering them to families. 

“It is up to the families to decide if the gifts come from Santa from Mom, the grandparents or from the family,” Mason said.

Low income families that want to participate in the Holiday Wish may sign up with TAWC. In some cases members of the community contact TAWC and provide names of families who could benefit by participating in the Holiday Wish.

The Holiday Wish is now in its third year.  TAWC and its sponsors have provided gifts to over 100 families and their children. 

“With the help of sponsors like Goldcorp, we can help families enjoy the Christmas spirit and provide a little Christmas magic,” Mason said.  

Timmins and Area Women in Crisis assists women who have experienced any form of violence or abuse. It provides referrals, information, advocacy, accompaniments and crisis intervention services with a non-judgmental and confidential approach.

In the Timmins area Goldcorp operates the Hoyle Pond and Dome underground mines as well as the Pamour and Hollinger Open Pit Mines.  It is one of the leading gold mining copies with mines in Northern Ontario, Quebec, Central and South America.

Frank Giorno

About the Author: Frank Giorno

Frank Giorno worked as a city hall reporter for the Brandon Sun; freelanced for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is the past editor of and the newsletter of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers.
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