Palliative home launches poinsettia campaign
Third annual fundraiser receives helping hand
AIt was beginning to look a lot like Christmas Monday when organizers and sponsors of an annual fundraiser to aid the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence launched the 2013 Poinsettia Campaign.
mid a showroom packed with unique holiday decorations and festively dressed trees, organizers of the third annual drive officially launched the effort that last year brought in over $30,000.
Gilles Hébert, a long-time volunteer at the Hudson based home that is open to all from the region, will again head a group of volunteers to sell and deliver (in the case of large orders) 2,500 poinsettias.
And this year 100-percent of the money raised will be channeled back to the nonprofit end-of-life-care home that must raise $1.1-million annually to remain opera- tional, thanks to a donation by two companies in the region.
Banking leader Caisse Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges and insurance company Promutuel Vaudreuil-Soulanges will jointly donate up to $25,000 in order to purchase the holiday plants.
Also joining the team while giving the volunteers a place to work for the second year in a row – and overseeing the horticultural quality of the plants – will be Centre du Jardin Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac. Owner Patrick Van Den Abeele says he and a small winter staff were proud to partner with the home and its volunteers last year.
“The home is so important in the region so we’re proud to do whatever we can to help support it,” he said.
Volunteers from last year’s drive credited the garden centre for creating a fun and festive place to work.
Each red 6-inch poinsettia plant will be dressed for the season with a decoration, as well as specially marked paper and a ribbon. Those who receive the plants will know they’re supporting the VSPCR. And those who give a plant for a $25 donation will be issued a charitable receipt.
The 2013 Poinsettia Campaign will run from Nov. 25 to Nov. 29 inclusively, though people are encouraged to call to reserve a plant as soon as possible.
To reserve a poinsettia or to volunteer during the campaign, call Suzanne Chevrier at the VSPCR at 450-202-2202, ext.126, or email her at: email@example.com.
Poinsettias can also be purchase and/or reserved directly from Centre du Jardin Vaudreuil-sur-le-Lac, 999, Saint-Charles Avenue, Vaudreuil-Dorion, by calling 450-424-0844.