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Virtual gift boxes for women in need –

Thanks to the generosity of citizens, shoe boxes filled with gentle attentions brought happiness to 432 women living in shelters in the Montérégie in 2019. This year, Operation shoebox will repeat the experience in a different way to ensure the security of donors and recipients.

Rather than delivering their gift to the Chartwell Le Montcalm residence in Candiac like last year, those interested are invited to make a virtual gift box on the campaign website. Donors can leave a note to personalize the present.

St Mary’s Elementary School in Longueuil donated dozens of shoe boxes as part of the operation of the same name. (Photo courtesy)

This will take care of purchasing to design the box defined by the donor. To lighten her task and avoid having to shop left and right in times of a pandemic, Ms. Gagné will mainly buy gift cards to spend in pharmacies and restaurants, in particular. Those who wish can also make a monetary donation online to help the organizer fill the boxes.

“We have all had a difficult year and for these women in vulnerable situations it is worse. I think they will be happy to know that people are thinking of them, ”says Roxanne Gagné, responsible for the Montérégie collection.

Objective 450

The 2019 target was largely exceeded, so much so that the organizer was able to expand the pool of organizations receiving donations. In 2020, she wants to reach the number of 450 shoe boxes to give to women in need.

The smile of the latter marked Ms. Gagné, who toured the accommodation centers throughout the month of December to deliver them personally. Accessories for keeping warm, hygiene products and sweet little touches were usually found inside the gifts.

Beneficiary accommodation centers

-Agide accommodation house, La Prairie;

-Kahnawake KSCS;

-Maison Simone-Monet Chartrand, Chambly;

-La Re-Source, Châteauguay;

-Hina House, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu;

-House of Haut-Saint-Laurent, Huntingdon;

-La Passerelle, Vaudreuil-Dorion;

-The Home for her, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield;

-House of emergency accommodation in Valleyfield;

-Key on the door, Saint-Hyacinthe;

-Maison La Source du Richelieu, Sorel-Tracy;

-Horizon pour Elle, Cowansville;

-Halte Crise, Granby;

-Transition for her, Granby;

-Maison Alice-Desmarais, Granby;

-Alternative Centregens, Longueuil;

-La Chaumière, Longueuil;

-La Chaumine, Longueuil;

-Carrefour pour Elle, Longueuil;

-L’Abri de la Rive-Sud, Longueuil;

-Pavillon Marguerite de Champlain, Longueuil.