Friday, October 20, 2006

A request from the Greenfield Park Christmas Basket Assoc.

A request from the Greenfield Park Christmas Basket Association for those of you who have roots here in the “Park”, and would like to help out the less fortunate in our town at Christmas.

Every year about the month of June the volunteers start preparing for the Christmas Basket Campaign. The 2006 fund raising agenda includes a spaghetti dinner, a Christmas dance and a Canada Day Trinket Sale. All profits go directly to the basket campaign.

Each year we prepare food baskets and new toys for children to approximately 300 families representing close to 1000 people in our town.

The baskets consist of approximately 20 kg of canned goods like salmon, tuna, corned beef, various soups, gravies, assorted mixed vegetables, mixed fruits, cranberry sauce, peanut butter, assorted jams and honey. There are fresh vegetables and fruits like potatoes, carrots, cabbage, onions, turnips, oranges, apples and clementines. Each family also receives fresh bread and a 10-12 kg turkey. A large bag of assorted cereals is also included. Also delivered to each family is a large bag of toiletries consisting of toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toilet tissue, Kleenex, shaving products and feminine hygiene products.

Families with new born to 14 month old babies receive baby food, canned formula, baby soap and shampoo, diapers and wipes etc.

All toys that are given to the children up to 16 years of age are new and are solicited from local dealers and manufacturers.

The Greenfield Park Christmas Basket Association works out of the former Greenfield Park City Hall, 156 Churchill Blvd., Greenfield Park, Quebec, J4V 2M3.

As we are a fully recognized non-profit charitable organization, we will issue tax receipts for donations of $10.00 or more for income tax purposes. For more information you can contact the association president, Andy Walter at andywalter@videotron.ca or Ross Morley, Public Relations volunteer at (450) 466-1056.

Your consideration in supporting our association and the less fortunate in our town at Christmas time is greatly appreciated. We could use the help of all ex-Parkers.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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