Montreal's senior monthly since 1986

Feb '10

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Holiday efforts keep Sun Youth busy

Many volunteers, including the Coutu family, helped Sun Youth during its annual Holiday Hamper distribution this season, which saw 18,000 people receive non-perishable food baskets and new toys.

While most staff and volunteers got some well deserved time off, the Sun Youth Emergency Services first responders (along with the Red Cross) were called to fire scenes 18 times over the holidays to provide food, medication, and other assistance to victims, a vast majority of whom lose everything they own with no insurance.

In other seasonal efforts, Sun Youth has been working in collaboration with the Quebec Heating Oil Association (AQCM) for the past 17 years to provide free heating oil to families who can’t afford to fill up their tanks. After a financial evaluation, Sun Youth contacts one of the participating oil distributors to send a delivery truck to fill half of the family’s oil tank, free of charge. In the first week after the launch of the program, six families had received heating oil and thousands of litres had been donated by the various oil companies.

On a different note, the Sun Youth Food Bank will be kicking off its Senior Food Supplement programs starting in February. Senior Food Giveaways will take place February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, September 7 and October 5. Senior Kosher Food Giveaways will be on February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, September 3 and October 1. In December, we will hand out Christmas and Chanukah hampers.

From everyone at Sun Youth, thanks to all for your support and all the best for 2009!

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