Sunday, November 21 was a busy day at the Immaculate Conception Drop-In Centre; the staff served about 225 individual meals and provided full hampers to seven families. All of the foods were supplied by the staff of St. Maurice School, and our school students and families donated a record number of toiletry and winter accessory
Thanks to Lunch Lady Lisa for cooking up about 100 L of chili, which was paid for by many staff members, while other staff added another 50 L of their homemade chili, which was served hot to the clients who came to the shelter yesterday. The chili was served along with 250 fresh apples, 500 cookies, and 240 bottled waters. Thanks to Ms. Daet, Mrs. Oliveira, Mr. Doiron and Mrs. Kang who were at school on Saturday for a couple hours buttering the bread from 26 loaves to make 300 “butter sandwiches” to compliment the chili meal.
Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Sagriotis and 2 of their children, Valentina and Nakoma, who came to sort the clothes from the toiletries and to load the trucks with all the food, toiletries and warm clothes on Sunday morning, and to Mr. and Mrs. Doiron who transported everything to the centre, unloaded and helped prepare the chili to be warmed in the ovens, rinsed all the apples and washed the chili pails. We will use those pails again next march when we next provide for a chili Sunday at the Centre. A shout out to the grade 5 and 6 classes for helping to collect and count the donated items... the St. Maurice community totally destroyed our old donations record from 2016 which was 2463 items; the donations total from this past collection drive was nearly 3,000 new toques, mitts, scarves, socks, underwear, bars of soap, feminine hygiene products, small bottles of shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.
The coordinators of the Immaculate Conception Drop-In Centre could not stop saying how incredibly generous you all are! The staff of the Centre were extremely grateful to have these items to supply to those in need. The regular volunteers at the Centre not only passed out the meals we provided but, they also worked to sort the hundreds of toiletries and winter items that the students from St. Maurice had collected. They only got half-way through sorting all the boxes and bags. The donations will give them much needed items to pass out over the next few months. Thanks again to all for your gifts of time and treasure to help the poor and needy persons living in our city.