• Linnea Owen

Thank You to all our Hudson (and area) Angels


PHOTO COURTESY LINNEA AND MARCUS OWEN

Last year’s Hudson Angels Children’s Christmas party was a resounding success and organizers this year are looking for volunteers to provide food and donations for this year’s party December 6.

As the holiday season approaches, our many Hudson, St. Lazare and Vaudreuil-Dorion Angels are busy at work preparing gifts and goodies for the upcoming Christmas party for many underpriviledged children in the Montreal area. In addition to the Continuité-famille auprès des détenues (CFAD) children's party, the Hudson (and area) Angels support an ‘Adopt a Grandpa’ program for the 20 men residing at Nazareth House downtown, providing a gift bag and note from a caring family and a sumptuous Christmas dinner.

This year the Angels will also be taking care of 26 women, aged 18 to 50, who are living at a new residence in Montreal called Anne's House which just opened in July, 2015. These men and women struggle with homelessness and/or mental health issues and all come with sad stories. One young lady celebrating her 19th birthday last week was so touched because it was the first birthday cake she had ever received. Without your help these men and women who have no family will not have a gift for Christmas so your support is very much needed. Your family can honour the memory of a father or relative who is no longer here by giving a special gift bag or a donation so that we can fill gift bags for each of the residents of Nazareth House and Anne's House.

We are looking for more angels to help meet our many objectives this year. All of the gifts have been purchased for the 108 children but we still need volunteers to provide sandwiches or savoury food, vegetable platters, baking and monetary donations for the extras for the December 6 Christmas party. We also still have nine men at Nazareth House to provide gift bags for and the 26 women at Anne's House. If you would like to help in any way, please contact one of the following for more information:

Some gift ideas include IGA, Provigo, Pharmaprix or Tim Horton gift cards, new clothing, shoes or boots, food items, etc. and monetary donations to fill in where needed.

If you'd like to help out, please contact Linnea and Marcus Owen at linmarc@videotron.ca (450 458-8627) or Averil Robinson at averil.robinson@gmail.com (514 916-1341).

For more information on the CFAD and the Nazareth House, consult cfad.ca and

maison-nazareth-house.com.