QA Courier Chal­lenges Trans­port Com­pa­nies to Do­nate Ser­vices

Montreal Times - - News - By Bon­nie Wurst mtl­

'Shout Out' to all trans­port com­pa­nies in Mon­treal! You are be­ing chal­lenged…

It all started last De­cem­ber when On Rock Community Ser­vices, based in Pier­re­fonds, were de­liv­er­ing Christ­mas bas­kets to fam­i­lies and peo­ple in need - and their truck broke down. With $44,000 in food to de­liver as well as plenty of other gifts, the tim­ing could not have been any worse. That's when Peter Hansen, Pres­i­dent of QA Courier stepped in to help.

He heard about their prob­lem and inspired by their ini­tia­tive, of­fered to do­nate his trans­port ser­vices to pick up and de­liver goods.

"The whole community got to­gether… peo­ple were bring­ing in cloth­ing, toys and other items as well," he said when I re­cently spoke with him. Af­ter ap­prox­i­mately 300 de­liv­er­ies for On Rock, he didn't want to stop there.

See­ing first-hand how many peo­ple in Mon­treal were in need of some of the most ba­sic things, many of them refugees and sin­gle moth­ers - but also from all walks of life, Peter was inspired to do more. He put up a page on Face­book, 'QA Courier & Friends' and from there it started to snow­ball.Af­ter post­ing on the page, ask­ing if any­one had fur­ni­ture to do­nate the re­sponse was over­whelm­ing. They have made close to 60 pick­ups and de­liv­er­ies since then.

"We have been bom­barded with peo­ple want­ing to do­nate all kinds of things… kitchen ta­bles, couches, beds, mi­crowaves, blenders and more. I'm con­stantly get­ting mes­sages on Face­book and all kinds of calls."

A post on their Face­book page from March 12th reads, 'Thanks to all the peo­ple that have been do­nat­ing their fur­ni­ture. We were able to help fur­nish 5 refugee fam­i­lies that just moved in to their apart­ments to­day. We have so many more fam­i­lies to help, both refugees and Mon­treal­ers in need.'

They re­cently started to ac­cept cloth­ing, toys and other items as well but the one thing they don't re­ally need are ap­pli­ances, as most of the peo­ple they are help­ing out live in apart­ments where they al­ready have them in place.

"It's amaz­ing," he added. "We will keep on do­ing it, as long there are peo­ple will­ing to do­nate and peo­ple in need."

Peter is inspired to do even more - and it is why he wants to put out the chal­lenge.

"I wish other trans­port com­pa­nies in other ar­eas of Mon­treal would do the same thing," he said, hop­ing others will also help by do­nat­ing their ser­vices.

And so, to all the trans­port com­pa­nies across the is­land… WILL YOU COME ON BOARD AND JOIN PETER IN THIS INI­TIA­TIVE? Please con­tact him for de­tails.

If you are in need of some­thing or want more in­for­ma­tion, please call (514) 796-1857. Or to ar­range a pick-up of items you are ready to do­nate call (514) 875-1515.

On be­half of ev­ery­one at the Mon­treal Times we would like to say, "Thank you Peter and the whole team at QA Courier! The world needs more ini­tia­tives like this.'

QA Courier ware­house fill­ing up with do­na­tions. If you would like to do­nate please call 514-875-1515

Peter Hansen, Pres­i­dent of QA Courier stepped in to help

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