The West Island Mission is once again calling on local businesses, community organizations and ordinary citizens for their help in providing Christmas baskets to families in need.
This year, more than 250 families will receive food baskets as part of the West Island organization’s eighth annual Christmas basket program. This year, baskets will be given out on Dec. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westview Bible Church in Pierrefonds.
Although the West Island is often considered to be an affluent part of Montreal Island, event organizers say increasing numbers of West Island families have been hard hit by rising food and heating costs.
Donations have already come in from numerous sponsors, including Cummings Eastern Canada LP, IEC Holden, Brookwood Basketball Association, Merck Frost, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer Canada and numerous community groups. But the need is great and, organizers say, more help is required.
Anyone wishing to support the basket program can “sponsor a turkey for $20″ or donate non-perishable food items. Food can be dropped off directly at Westview Bible Church, 16789 Pierrefonds Blvd. at St. Charles Blvd on Friday, Dec. 7, or earlier by contacting the West Island Mission to make an appointment.
The West Island Mission can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 514-912-6813. Tax receipts will be issued for cash donations over $20.
The West Island Mission is a charitable organization founded in 2005 to primarily deal with food security issues.