IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD Third time’s the charm

Le Messager Verdun - - DE CHEZ VOUS... - DAVID COX

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).

(Pho­to: Gra­cieu­se­té – Ma­rie-eve Bru­net)

It is the vo­lun­teers that make all the dif­fe­rence.

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