Thunder Bay Steps Up For Christmas Cheer


Christmas for thousands of Thunder Bay families will be a little brighter this year thanks to the overwhelming generousity of the community.


99.9 The Bay and Country 105 knew it was going to be a tough year for the Christmas Cheer Fund so they organized The 36 Hours of Cheer radio event. It kicked off Thursday December 10th at 6:00am with morning show host and Program Director John Ongaro anchoring the coverage that ended Friday night at 6:00pm.


With still more donations trickling in online the event raised over $260,000 for the charity. That is over $100,000 more than what was raised in 2019.


Cheer organizer Joleene Kemp calls it a Christmas miracle. She says, “we went ahead on faith and trusting the money would follow.”


The Bay and Country 105 Station Manager Scott Pettigrew noted our stations have shared a long history with the Christmas Cheer Fund and we knew we had to step it up in a year of COVID-19. John Ongaro came up with the idea of the 36 Hour fundraiser and we thought if we raised $100,000 in this economic environment it would be a great event.


The Christmas Cheer Fund has been supporting needy families in Thunder Bay for over 100 years.


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