Basket cam­pai­gn a suc­cess

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More than 100 vo­lun­teers and spon­sors came to­ge­ther last wee­kend to as­semble close to 30 ho­li­day bas­kets that were then de­li­ve­red to fa­mi­lies in cri­sis li­ving in Vau­dreuil-Soulanges towns, or on the Is­land of Mon­treal.

For the fourth year in a row, —HOLIDAYS Com­mu­ni­ty Wings held its Ch­rist­mas Basket cam­pai­gn. Ac­cor­ding to Com­mu­ni­ty Wings foun­der Sé­li­na Ri­chard, each basket contai­ned fresh and non per­ishable foods, a large tur­key, stuf­fing, po­ta­toes, a va­rie­ty of gifts, as well as toi­le­tries, hou­se­hold goods and gift cards to gro­ce­ry stores, res­tau­rants and mo­vie thea­ters. Other gift cards that were do­na­ted by lo­cal bu­si­nesses were good for use at phar­ma­cies, clo­thing stores, or to buy ga­so­line. The Com­mu­ni­ty Wings team de­ci­ded to make the basket as­sem­bly day an event in it­self, in­vi­ting vo­lun­teers to ga­ther for food, a vi­sit from San­ta and ho­li­day mu­sic as they put the spe­cial care pa­ckages to­ge­ther. “We do so much of our work th­rough so­cial me­dia that it gets kind of im­per­so­nal,” Ri­chard said. “It would be much ea­sier to have people just drop off al­rea­dy made bas­kets and gifts, but the event it­self­crea­ted­theexact­fee­ling­thatCom­mu­ni­tyWing­swants to en­cou­rage.” Com­mu­ni­ty Wings is a re­gis­te­red Vau­dreuilDo­rion cha­ri­ty that was foun­ded in 2013 by Ri­chard, a sin­gle­momw­ho­wa­sal­so­com­ple­tin­ghe­run­der­gra­dua­te­de­gree at Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­si­ty when she de­ci­ded to spea­rhead an ef­fort to help people who’ve fal­len on hard times. To reach Com­mu­ni­tyWing­sgo­towww.com­mu­ni­ty­wings.net.

WINGS AND SÉ­LI­NA RI­CHARD PHO­TO COURTESY OF COM­MU­NI­TY

Vo­lun­teers from Com­mu­ni­ty Wing sp ut to­ge­ther close to 30 bas­kets for fa­mi­lies in cri­sis last wee­kend.

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