On Sunday, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate with rain, and freezing rain at times, but the elements didn’t stop the close to 250 volunteers who took part in the annual Guignolée, the annual food drive, for The Rockland Help Centre.
According to Alain Bernard, over $16,000 was raised with monetary donations. The monetary donations exceed last year’s event according to Nicole Gaul, The Volunteer-Director and Vice President of the centre.
The committee is still awaiting a final count on food donations, but Bernard can confirm the number is in excess of 12,000 items.
Residents that did not get a visit, or were not home can still make a donation of non perishable food items, or a monetary donation at the centre on Chamberland Street Wednesdays between 8:00am-12:00pm, or Thursdays between 10:00am-4:00pm.
Residents may also drop off their non perishable donation at one of the donation boxes at WalMart, Parent Independent, Food Basics, and Giant Tiger.
“We would like to thank the numerous volunteers and the Clarence/Rockland businesses and residents who have once again shown their great generosity.” said Bernard on behalf of the centre.
Nicole Gaul noted the generosity of organizations such as the fire department, the paramedics, the air cadets, the boy scouts, and social clubs that were a part of the volunteer groups lending their time, and energy in a Christmas spirit of generosity.
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