The 2011 Campaign : 3,554 Gifts, as Many Smiles

The 2011 campaign was challenging but fruitful!  3,554 gifts came out of our workshop on December 10 & 11 and three days later we were already receving heartwarming thanks from the four corners of Canada.

Indeed, with the difficult economic climate, we could not reach our fundraising goals. We still covered our main clientèle’s needs – lone or isolated people affected by HIV-Aids – by making the most of our budget by shopping wisely and thanks to the increased collboration of partners. We could count on the renewed support of  Marché des saveurs du Québec, of Paramount Paper, of Canus (Caprina) and of MVT Transport Conseil, as well as new partnerships with Transport Robert and Jouets Choochoo.

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At the wrapping itself, let us first highlight the fact that Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf was hosting the Elves’ Workshop for the 7th consecutive year (joy of joys!). We must also mention the contributions of  Rôtisserie Fusée (rue Bernard – volunteer’s dinner on Friday) and the businesses who provided door prizes to be drawn throughout the weekend : L’Assomoir (rue Bernard),  the Cirque du Soleil, the Marché des saveurs du Québec, Kem Coba and Diane Gauthier.

But all this would not have been possible without our focused brigade of Elves :  231 at the workshop!  As usual, the wrapping weekend unfolded with everyone in good spirits and brought together Elves from a number of environments and generations. Between families and groups of friends or colleagues, a great number of high school and cegep students cut paper and curled ribbon for this good cause. On the entertainment side, the chorus Les Triple croches offered us a moving performance on Sunday, a complement to our regular pianists René-Pierre Le Scouarnec and Yannick Provencher.

In the name of the thousands of people, young and old, who will be able to unwrap a lovingly wrapped package this Holiday season, we say a BIG THANK YOU to all who, by donating time or money, contributed to our 2011 campaign.

The campaign is not completely finished: we still have to deliver gifts to organizations in the Montreal area this December 24 morning. If you have a car and are interested, contact us!