Christmas Hamper Team 2010 – A Message Of Thanks

Christmas Hamper Team 2010 – A Message Of Thanks

Dear Life in Quebec staff and subscribers, 

Thank you  for whole heartedly supporting the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign in 2010. We are most grateful to all at LifeinQuebec.com for helping readers stay informed about volunteer opportunities and the need for donations. Thanks to your generosity we were able to reach our financial goal of $20,000 and spread cheer and joy to those in our community who needed it most. This year over 480 children and adults benefited from our 15th annual hamper campaign. 

Santa taking a well earned break during the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign 2010

As volunteer coordinator for this annual campaign, it is my pleasure to work side by side with oodles of caring people who perform often anonymous acts of kindness. If you would permit me, I’d like to take a few moments to acknowledge some of these kind gestures. Over 200 individuals actively volunteer the week of hamper preparation and delivery but many folk also work behind the scenes in private. Some of our local CWL volunteers prepare and serve church luncheons and breakfasts and then donate funds collected to the yearly campaign. Others oversee the collection of non-perishable items at various locations including our schools and churches, the Morrin Centre and a variety of functions hosted by Voice of English-speaking Quebec. This year for the first time the St Vincent’s Scout troupe, McGreevey Manor, the Shining Stars Playgroup and Vision School in St-Augustin joined our collection team. Another first this year was our Community Hamper Facebook page created by yet another amazing & enthusiastic volunteer. Check it out and be sure to click like while you’re at it! http://www.facebook.com/quebecchristmashampers

Other volunteers quietly prepare fancy gift bags of toiletries and drop them off in time for hamper delivery. Many people donate goods for the annual Jeffery Hale Community Services auction and still other pay outlandish prices on auction items to support the campaign. Some volunteers even go so far to shave their heads and donate the funds collected to the hamper fund! Some of the more talented sing in choirs to entertain guests at the annual International Luncheon at EQLC while others cook for this great community fundraising event.  

Potato Lady loading, erm potatoes, into cars on hamper delivery day.

A few helpers organize corporate donations like Canneberges Bieler Cranberries Inc. who provided us with 11 cases of dried cranberries – a real treat for this year’s hamper recipients. In addition IGA Poulin donated grocery bags and a box of tissues for each hamper and Ovale provided us a 30 dozen eggs free of charge to this year’s campaign. Sodexo gave us cases of ketchup and salad dressing. The folks at G. Gagné Transport donate truck, driver and helpers each year to assist us in the collection of non-perishable donations from collection centres around town. Central Quebec School Board students and staff donated non-perishables as well as collecting cash donations through the second annual Turkey Can Challenge. Students from various schools also help us load our pick up trucks with donated canned goods and a team of hearty volunteers help unload it at CEGEP St Lawrence usually in the midst of frigid temps and blowing snow.

This same CEGEP lends us space to sort, pack and send off hamper deliveries despite the fact that students are still busily writing exams. The cafeteria team at SLC even allow us to use their coolers to store turkeys and frozen meats purchased for hamper recipients.  Volunteers from all across town deliver hampers from Portneuf to Stoneham. Post Canada even lends us a truck to help with deliveries! Christmas Hampers truly is a community effort and a reflection of the way neighbours help neighbours. Thank you for being a part of all this and excuse me if I have inadvertently forgotten anyone. May the warmth that fills our hearts as we work together keep us warm all thro January!

My best to you and yours in 2011,

Jan Anderson-Toupin, Community Organizer Jeffery Hale Community Services

On behalf of the 2010 Community Christmas Hamper Campaign Organizing Committee members: Shirley Nadeua (Chairwoman), Catherine (Kay) Bergeron, Katiana Cordoba, Beth Clibbon, Health Clibbon Côté, Bill Donnelly, Susan Doucet, Susie Faguy, Rev. Denis Fortin, Hugh Fraser, Claire Groulx-Parent, Tobey Hayden, Pastor Jason Hines, Paul Hinton, Caroline Joll, William Letellier-Black, Maureen Martin, Joanne McCalla, Barry McCullough, Nectaria Skokos, Julie Slatter, Mamie Stewart, Robert Stewart, Ed Sweeney, Nancy Thomas, Jan Anderson-Toupin, Derek White, Paul Wilson and Lidwina Winter.

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