Time to fill those boxes!

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

The CAB RH Rediker’s Christ­mas Bas­ket cam­paign is in full swing with do­na­tion boxes set up in stores and busi­nesses all around the com­mu­nity. Peo­ple can put ei­ther non-per­ish­able foods in the boxes or gift ob­jects like new chil­dren’s toys. “Peo­ple of­ten like to give hand knit items too,” said My­lene Labonté, the CAB’S di­rec­tor. There are boxes to fill at the CAB, Jardin des Fron­tieres (Sun­ny­side is run­ning its own Christ­mas Bas­ket cam­paign), Cha­peau de Paille Day care, the Stanstead Jour­nal, IGA Stanstead, the Curl­ing Club, the Beebe Canada Post Of­fice, the Fam­ily Counter, the Caisse de Stanstead, the Stanstead CIBC and the In­ter­marché gro­cery store in Ayer’s Cliff.

Do­na­tions of money are also ap­pre­ci­ated and may be needed even more this year since the CAB has lost a ma­jor part­ner in their Christ­mas cam­paign, the Cana­dian bor­der guards. The Cana­dian Cus­toms of­fi­cials started the cam­paign about twenty-five years ago, even­tu­ally part­ner­ing with the CAB so that tax re­ceipts could be is­sued and more peo­ple would be reached. More re­cently they were in charge of send­ing out the re­quests for do­na­tions to the lo­cal com­pa­nies and trav­el­ers cross­ing the bor­der would drop off food or cheques with them. “They were told by their Agency not to do it any­more. It’s dis­ap­point­ing; some of the of­fi­cials worked very hard on the cam­paign. But in our new, po­lit­i­cally cor­rect world…we don’t know how it will af­fect this year’s cam­paign,” com­mented Ms. Labonté. Tax re­ceipts are avail­able for do­na­tions of money.

The lo­cal Stanstead Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch no. 5 is help­ing again this year, rais­ing money with their 8th an­nual Mem­ory Tree. For a $5 do­na­tion a light will be lit in mem­ory of a loved one dur­ing a spe­cial cer­e­mony. Just send the do­na­tion and the name of the loved one to the Stanstead Le­gion. Lo­cal artist Pauline Ler­oux has, once again, do­nated a paint­ing of a lo­cal coun­try scene for a raf­fle. The paint­ing is be­ing dis­played in the CIBC build­ing in the Beebe sec­tor where the raf­fle tick­ets can be bought for $5 each or three for $10.

The CAB will take ap­pli­ca­tions from fam­i­lies or in­di­vid­u­als in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing a Christ­mas Bas­ket un­til De­cem­ber 15th. Those in­ter­ested can phone only on Mon­days or Fri­days to make their re­quests.

The CAB’S hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties be­gin this week with their Christ­mas Tea, this Fri­day, for their more than one hun­dred vol­un­teers. The Christ­mas party for the English Se­niors Health Day mem­bers will take place on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 7, in­stead of on the Tues­day, while the French Health Day mem­bers will have their party on the 8th. Santa will be vis­it­ing the chil­dren in the Chil­dren’s Pro­gram on De­cem­ber 14th and the chil­dren will get their turn to ‘play Santa’ when they visit Se­niors’ Res­i­dences in the re­gion and give out small gifts to the res­i­dents.

“Our Christ­mas Meals on Wheels din­ner will be de­liv­ered on De­cem­ber 21st. There will be turkey, meat pie, cran­berry sauce, the works! We’ll prob­a­bly

have two crews on the road that day de­liv­er­ing,” said the di­rec­tor. The vol­un­teer cen­tre closes from De­cem­ber 24th to Jan­uary 9th. Frozen meals from the Meals on Wheels pro­gram can be or­dered ahead and will be de­liv­ered be­fore the 24th.

In Jan­uary the Cen­tre will kick off a fund-rais­ing cam­paign to up­grade their kitchen. Their reg­u­lar equip­ment, fridges and stoves, make pre­par­ing hundreds of meals weekly a real chal­lenge while the de­mand for meals con­tin­ues to grow. “We know that our MRC is ag­ing faster than all the other MRCS in the Town­ships, and the Town­ships has the fastest ag­ing pop­u­la­tion in Que­bec. By 2015, 27% of our pop­u­la­tion will be 60 or older,” ex­plained Ms. Labonté. The up­grad­ing to in­dus­trial food prepa­ra­tion equip­ment and the needed kitchen ren­o­va­tions are ex­pected to cost around $50,000.

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