November 28, 1997 (36th Parliament, 1st Session)


Raymonde Folco


Ms. Raymonde Folco (Laval West, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as in previous years, the Laval Volunteer Centre is organizing again this year the 13th edition of its Christmas Basket Campaign, and has set as its goal to collect 500 tonnes of food.
The purpose of this operation is to provide assistance to families who are going through serious economic difficulties because, of illness, bankruptcy or job loss, for example.
By enlisting the co-operation of 600 businesses and with the commitment of 1,400 volunteers and the contributions of the population of Laval, the centre expects to distribute 1,300 food baskets to about 4,000 persons on Sunday, December 21.
There are also in these families children and young people who, unfortunately, cannot enjoy some of the simple pleasures they so justly deserve.
Therefore, the Laval Volunteer Centre also organizes a large campaign to collect new toys so that these children too can enjoy Christmas.
In conclusion, I congratulate the organizers of this important charitable event and I encourage Canadians everywhere in Canada to also become involved in their own community.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Christmas Basket Campaign
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