Operation Christmas Tree came under the auspices of the Optimist Club of Moore in 1989. At that time, Stan Campbell became the chairman and it became a charitable program. Prior to that, it was run by the Corunna Post Office employees to assist those in need during the holiday season and has grown into a year round community event supported by many charitable organizations, local vendors and individuals in what was known as Moore Township which today is a part of St. Clair Township. Today we still serve those in need in the Ward 1 (Moore) portion of St. Clair Township.
The entire community bands together to assist one another so that all will enjoy a Happy Holiday Season. As well, if any family in Moore is unfortunate enough to suffer a devastating home fire Operation Christmas Tree will make a cash donation to the family to help cover immediate needs.
The Brigden and Moore Optimist Clubs make monetary contributions to the event. The Corunna Legion is also a big contributor, as well the Ladies Auxilliary run the Poor Boy Kick Off Lunch in late November. The Brigden Legion is also a contributor along with the schools in the township who collect canned goods and recently have been the largest contributors of non perishable food items. The various township churches collect food, monetary donations and contribute knitted items to the program. The OPP hold a drive through drop off in Corunna each year, and help by involving the school children in the sorting of food items.
The local grocery store, Bluewater Foodland, makes valuable food donations to the program. Food vouchers for the grocery store are also included in each hamper. The local plants donate toys left over from their Christmas parties and employees collect dry food items.
Donations of toys, cash, food etc. are gathered and Christmas hampers are assembled. These are then distributed by the Corunna, Brigden and Courtright Volunteer Firefighters and the Knights of Columbus.
2016 Poor Boy Lunch
Operation Christmas Tree 2016