Good Neighbours Food Bank no longer
distributes clothing. You will have to go to St. Vincent for
Services to referrals from Salvation Army/Red Cross & other
Emergency Service is available by
calling the phone number below.
Located at 2506 Hwy. 69 North
Val Caron, ONP3N 1K6
Located on Lafontaine Street in
Enter the street off Hwy 69N
Provides services to residents living
in the 897- exchange
Provides services to residents living
in the 969- exchange
705-897-1212 Fax: 897-3338
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank Serves Val Caron Residents
In Need Of Supplies
Residents of Val Caron, Blezard Valley and McRea
Heights are reminded that the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank is open
on the following dates from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
May 17, 18 & 19
June 21, 22 & 23
July 19, 20, & 21
August 16, 17 & 18
Sept. 20, 21, & 22
Oct 18, 19, & 20
November 15, 16 & 17
Volunteers will be on hand during the entire week to serve people
who may be in need of emergency supplies to get them through to the
end of the month. You can call ahead or just drop in. After
registering and showing “proof of need”, such as a list of your
income and expenses, you will be provided with the basic necessities
for your family.
Most of the food at St. Vincent de Paul is donated, but some of
the perishables and staples are purchased using the proceeds of
sales of merchandise in their thrift store. Local residents are
invited to drop in weekdays from
to find some excellent bargains. If you have clothing to drop off,
you can bring them directly to St. Vincent de Paul’s and leave
them in one of the bins at the side of the building.
For more information about St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Bank
services, you can call 897-1212.
Kevin’s C.W.L. Holds Christmas Money Draw To Help Food Banks
the members of the St. Kevin’s Parish Catholic Women’s League,
including Noella Cheaney on the left and Rolande Michaud on the right,
were choosing a local charity as beneficiary of the proceeds of their
annual Christmas Money Draw, there was very little need for lengthy
discussion. The Valley East Food Banks were the first to come to mind and
indeed will receive all of the money raised from ticket sales this year.
economic conditions that have affected the entire world were bad enough to
increase the demands being placed upon the two local food banks, but now
that the region is in the throngs of the Vale Inco work stoppage, with
numerous layoffs and reductions in hours of employment elsewhere, the Good
Neighbours and the St. Vincent de Paul Food Banks are finding it even more
difficult to handle the excess calls for help.
like the St. Kevin’s C.W.L., through their kindness and generosity are
definitely making a difference with their donations. The ladies will be
selling tickets for only $1 each between now and the draw date on December
13, 2009. You can get your tickets every weekend at the Hanmer Valley
Shopping Centre. Besides helping with a good cause, you may win one of
three prizes. First prize is a huge centre piece plus $250 in cash. Second
prize is a wreath plus $150 in cash. And, third place is a vase plus $100
congratulate the ladies of St. Kevin’s for their kindness and
consideration. If anyone in the community would also like to drop off food
for the Good Neighbours Food Bank, just stop by the Food Bank Depot that
is located at the main entrance of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.
Food Bank Depot Will Remain Up For
Donations Into The New Year As The Need Increases
The Good Neighbours Food Bank in Hanmer, run by Anne Unwin
and her hard-working group of volunteers, have had a challenging time
during the latter part of 2009 keeping up with the demand for food from
needy families. Where they usually fed approximately 50 families per
month, they are now seeing up to 90. In order to provide a convenient
place for local residents to donate food and supplies, the Hanmer Valley
Shopping Centre will be leaving the Food Bank Depot in place after the New
Year. Normally the depot is removed after Christmas, but this coming year
promises to be very difficult for some local families, so the owners of
the mall, Val and Violet Mazzuca have decided to leave it up until the
demand eases up. Anyone who would like to donate money can leave it in an
envelope at the Valley Plaza Pharmasave.
MISSIONNAIRE de la VALLEE Holds Successful Fund-Raising
Event At the Mall
Giselle Charette wanted to do something different this
spring to help raise money for Circle Missionnaire de la
Vallee. So she discussed an idea with several of her
co-volunteers at Circle Missionnaire and before long she found
herself in charge of a penny table, raffle and silent auction
on the weekend of April 12, 13 and 14.
entire weekend was just amazing,” Giselle commented when
everything was over. “We had so many gifts donated and the
volunteers were just so cooperative. This has been one of our
most successful events of this kind we’ve ever had. And we
met so many people at the mall during the weekend. It was
Indeed, the group has already booked their spot for
2009 and will return the weekend after Easter,
April 17 to 19, 2009
MISSIONNAIRE de la VALLEE is an organization that was created
in the early 1990’s to provide assistance to Sister Therese
Lamoreux m.c.r. of the order of the Missionary of Christ the
King. Sister Therese was originally from Chelmsford. When Sister Therese set up a
mission at Sigueneau, Haiti, she discovered a tremendous
degree of poverty and hopelessness among the people. Thus,
Georgette Bergeron, President, and a number of volunteers from
St. Margeurite d'Youville Parish set out to do what they could
to help out.
CERCLE MISSIONNAIRE de la VALLEE collects over 60 tons of
goods and medical supplies from local donors and ships the lot
twice a year to Sister Therese. Besides providing assistance
to Haiti, CERCLE MISSIONNAIRE also sends
material to Moosonee and has a working relationship with the
other two food banks in Valley East, Good Neighbours and St. Vincent
donations come in, the volunteers check them out thoroughly to
make sure that any repairs are completed before packing them
in boxes, ready for shipping. With the permission of donors,
some of the items are put up for sale in the impressive flea
market section of the building. This is to raise money which
is then used to purchase medical supplies and help pay the
expenses of the building operation.
tries to get into schools as often as she can to create
awareness of the poverty in Haiti. She also speaks to CWL,
Confirmation Groups and other community minded organizations.
Most of the donations come to the group via word of mouth.
Georgette will also accept cash donations and indicated that
all donations of $20 or more will be given a tax receipt.
MISSIONNAIRE de la VALLEE originally ran out of the old Our
Lady of Fatima school building on
. In January 2004, the organization moved to their new, much
larger location at the former public works building on
in Val Therese. The space is much larger and enables the
volunteers to have enough space to display items for their
weekly flea market and do their packing for the next shipment
Wednesday, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. CERCLE MISSIONNAIRE de la
VALLEE opens up their building for one of the largest a flea
markets you can find in the entire district to help raise
money to purchase supplies for the next shipment to Haiti.
If you have any items to donate or would like to make a
financial donation, just drop in to their new home in the old
Public Works building on Desmarais road any Wednesday
afternoon from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or call 969-2192 for more
photo below, Georgette Bergeron is shown on the left, with
Jacqueline Cormier, selling tickets to the penny table.