Catholic school board partners with Goodfellows to provide toy barn

Left to right, Scott Johnson, director of education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, with Chatham Goodfellows volunteers Barb Smith, Tim Haskell, Kevin Shaw and Craig Williston celebrate their collaboration this year. The council donated space in the former Monsignor Uyen building on Lark Street to use as the organization’s toy barn for its 2022 Christmas campaign.

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board will provide space in the former Monsignor Uyen Catholic School building on Lark Street to the Chatham Goodfellows, which will serve as a toy barn for the organization’s 2022 Christmas campaign..

It will be the 68 of the Chatham Goodfellowse year to ensure that there is “no child without Christmas”.

“St. Clair Catholic is pleased to make this vacant school space available to such a worthy organization in our community,” Scott Johnson, director of education, said in a press release. “We support the excellent work of the Goodfellows on behalf of children and families in Chatham-Kent.

“Each year, the Goodfellows’ goal is to provide Christmas dinner and toys for families who need help, to ensure a Merry Christmas for all,” said Tim Haskell, former president of the Chatham Goodfellows. “We thank the St. Clair Catholic District School Board for helping us make this happen again this year by making this space available to us.

The school closed in 2021, when the Monsignor Uyen Catholic School community moved to the newly refurbished Baldoon Road site. The council is now in the process of putting the Lark Street property up for sale. In the meantime, this temporary use of the building supports the mission of Catholic education and the priorities and values ​​of the Commission.

Donations to Chatham Goodfellows are accepted by check mailed to PO Box 114, Chatham, ON N7M 5K1; or by electronic transfer to

Applications will be accepted online on November 1 for anyone who has applied in previous years. For others, please call 519-354-1146 starting November 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Applications close December 2.

The toy wrap will take place at the former Monsignor Uyen Catholic School, 255 Lark Street in Chatham on December 12, 13, 14 and 15. Volunteers are welcome.