22 December 2017
Staff at The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) were asked to give to people in need for the holidays. The Corporation partnered with L’Entraide Chez Nous, a charity in Longueuil, to distribute the food donations we collected in December.
“We met with everyone who came for a food basket in November so that we could assess their situation. We check to see if they are getting all the amounts from the government that they should be based on their income and family situation. We also have volunteers who do their taxes and make sure they’re getting all the assistance that they’re entitled to. Then we do a needs assessment, as a family with young children doesn’t have the same needs as a senior who lives alone,” explained the centre’s director, Mary Claire Mac Leod.
On December 19, thirty-five volunteers spent a day of festivity welcoming people and showing them to long tables covered in items like canned food, meat, vegetables and even diapers.
Mary Claire said, “We used to hand out baskets that we put together ourselves, but people would get things they didn’t need, didn’t know, or didn’t like. We decided to switch to this format to better meet people’s needs.” Just like at the grocery store, people can select the products they want up to a limit of items in each category.
Over two days, the organization handed out or delivered over 250 Christmas baskets to help even more people have a very happy holiday.