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Because Christmas will arrive anyway


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Organizers of the Centre d’action bénévole L’Actuel’s Christmas sponsorship program are anticipating a higher need this year and are hoping to help out 60 families through the holiday season.


The Centre d’action bénévole L’Actuel is calling on everyone to find godparents for its Christmas Sponsorship programs in order to offer support to low-income people at the end of this very difficult and special year. “Our Christmas Sponsorships have been around for a long time,” said Stéphanie Aubert, Head of Services at L’Actuel. “This year-end aid is always a great comfort to low-income people who knock on our door. And donors are very happy to help brighten up their holiday season.” Sponsorships in transformation Early in the history of sponsorship, godparents would bring a large grocery order, toys, and all kinds of surprises for the family they were matched with. Over time, L’Actuel’s Christmas Sponsorships have evolved and transformed to meet the needs of vulnerable users. Gift cards have carved out a favoured place in this end-of-year support for L’Actuel users. “With the pandemic, L’Actuel has no other choice but to adapt to limit the handling of donations and avoid travel,” said Aubert. “That’s why, this year, we will be asking our godparents to obtain surprises and gift cards that can fit in an envelope.” Donors will be able to choose to sponsor a family, a couple, or a single person depending on the extent of the sponsorship they wish to make. In addition, the organization invites citizens to offer one or more gift cards according to their financial capacity. L’Actuel will thus be able to group them together and carry out additional sponsorships. Rising needs Last year, thanks to the work of the L’Actuel team and the generosity of donors, the organization was able to offer 47 Christmas sponsorships. As throughout the year, single people, couples and seniors were very important. With COVID-19 not looking ready to bow out, L’Actuel is anticipating an increase in needs and demands for December. “Some food drives and Christmas basket distributions will not be able to take place this year. However, there will be a Christmas anyway. There are people who will need help to put something on the table and under the tree,” said Aubert, who hopes to carry out around 60 Christmas Sponsorships.

L’Actuel Christmas Sponsorships will be conducted in complete confidentiality. Citizens and businesses wishing to participate are invited to contact Stéphanie Aubert at (450) 455-3331 ext. 227 or by email at sponsorships@lactuel.org. The deadline for registering and sponsoring is Friday, December 4.


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