IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD Third time’s the charm
CHARITY. In an effort to alleviate poverty and to increase citizen involvement, a small Swap meet event was put on to help local families in Verdun. Now in its third edition, the TROC de Verdun is growing in popularity and becoming a community-wide event. With the support of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a dedicated group of volunteers, they hope that this weekend’s exchanges will attract even more «swappers».
The TROC is an opportunity to exchange both goods and greetings with fellow residents while helping out those in need. The concept is quite straightforward. People bring at least one household item, piece of clothing, toy, small furniture or appliance they no longer use to the event and place them on tables set up by category. The tables are open to everyone who visits and the idea is to «swap» what you don`t use and take only what you need.
It is also to help people connect for a morning, offer an excuse to meet their neighbors and to allow others to enjoy the treasures that are no longer needed.
One year ago, the St. Vincent de Paul Society informed the Les mamans de Verdun, Lasalle et environs, that certain items, namely clothing, toys and small furniture were few and far between in the donation bins. The lack of these necessities was especially worrisome for the families who depend on the organization to survive.
The group of 3500 moms and their spokesperson, city council member Marie-eve Brunet, took up the call. «We made a commitment to make calls for donations and got some with the help of a few store owners. There was some response, but we wanted to go further.»
They offered to organize of a «MEGA-TROC» open to the public to offer everyone the chance to exchange quality items, and donate whatever is left to the St. Vincent de Paul.
They are confident that this TROC will build on the two prior Swap-meets events, seeing as they have made an impression on Verdun residents, and grew from 125 visitors the first time round to over 200 last April. Saturday, September 16, from 9 am to 12 pm in the Notre-dame-des-sept-douleurs Church Basement (284, rue de l’église).
It is the volunteers that make all the difference.