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Paying it forward by shopping at ‘The Bunker’


PHOTO BY MADELEINE LANGLOIS

Shopping at ‘The Bunker’ in Hudson, one of the best thrift shops in the region, is so much sweeter knowing 40 per cent of the proceeds are distributed to area charities and hospital foundations.

The Board of Hudson War Memorial Library (WML) held a special presentation Wednesday, December 12, 11 a.m. at the library location at 60 Elm Street.

Every year, the library donates a percentage of their profits from sales at ‘The Bunker’ thrift shop to local charities and representatives from each organization were invited to attend the meeting to accept their cheques.

The recipients include NOVA Hudson Day Centre, LePont/Bridging food bank, Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation, La Passerelle Women’s Shelter, Hudson Fireman’s Baskets, Hudson Historical Society, CFAD (Hudson Angels), Alzheimer Society Suroît, Greenwood Centre for Living History, Quebec Veterans Foundation (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Hospital Fund), Valleyfield Hospital Foundation, Hawkesbury Hospital Foundation, Literacy Unlimited, Royal Canadian Legion #115 – Cenotaph, Centre d’Action Bénévole Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and First Nations Child and Family Services.

“It was a warm, coffee morning with a really nice feeling of volunteers helping volunteers and helping the community,” said WML Board Member Marilyn Pound.

“The fellow from the Hawkesbury Hospital Fund said he has the best job in the world – their satisfaction comes from seeing what they’re working on come to life,” Pound told The Journal before recounting how other volunteer representatives got up to say they had the best job in the world.

“We feel this is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the charitable work of our local library, the efforts of the many volunteers who make this happen, and the positive result of the many regular donors to and shoppers at ‘The Bunker’ each Saturday morning,” said Pound.

The library has been operational since 1949 and will be celebrating its 70th anniversary next year. ‘The Bunker’ has been giving to the various area charities for the past 15 years by donating 40 per cent of the sales with the remaining income dedicated to maintenance and the purchase of books for the library.

The Bunker is open Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

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