'Quebec's largest piggy bank' ready for donations
An older model Ford Escort painted entirely with white house paint and decorated with colourful, pint-sized hand prints is not your usual piggy bank, but that's exactly what a car sitting inside the entrance of the VaudreuilDorionWalmart is.
The vehicle, donated by a local auto parts store and decorated by children from the Virginie-Roy daycare in L'Île-Perrot, is billed as "the largest piggy bank in Québec." It has the lofty goal of raising $500,000 before January 8, 2011.
All fundswill go toward the operating costs for the region's first palliative care home, which opened in September in Hudson. Since then, more than 12 patients have been admitted to the tranquil home that, despite its end of life purpose, is not a sad place. "It's a place where people come to live to the end," said Sylvie Crevier, president of the home's board of directors.
"We had a patient who loved to shop so while she was here we arranged for transportation and a nurse and she and her husband went to the mall for two hours... we have husbands sleep in the same room as their wives, and kids sleep down the hall from their mother. We're here to offer the best care possible so people can live their final days in comfort and dignity."
It costs $1.8 million to run the centre for one year, or $130,000 per bed.
The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care home is located at 90, rue Como-Gardens. To donate or to volunteer at the home call 514 755-9888.
Quebec's largest piggy bank waits for donations at the Vaudreuil-DorionWalmart.