Aylmer Food Centre raises over $5,000 at their Christmas market
The Aylmer Food Centre (CAA) organized their second annual Christmas market to raise money for their organization. The market took place at Centre Aydelu on November 19 and 20. There were 47 artisan tables, as well as live music.
There was also a raffle for a wine bottle basket that raised $1,100, and the CAA also sold 157 tourtières, which brought in an additional $1,100. Including $3,075 in sales from artisan tables, the Christmas market raised $5,275 for the food bank.
“We are so thankful for our community that supports us and our volunteers. We would not be able to do what we do without the support,” said Gérard Émond, Director General of the Food Centre. ''The holiday season is a busy time of year for the food centre. We always need support all year round and donations help immensely.”
In the last year, the food bank assisted 559 families. Food distribution is only one aspect of the CAA’s work; they also provide winter clothing to families, and offer psychosocial support to individuals and various workshops. They help individuals find jobs and housing. Families and individuals who use their food services receive thousands of dollars in food every year thanks to the centre’s work.
Those interested in donating to the food centre can find more information on their website: https://www.centrealimentaireaylmer.org/faire-un-don.html
News and upcoming events
On December 5, the CAA will be celebrating the 37th year of the international day of the Volunteer organized by the Réseau de l’Action Bénévole du Québec (RABQ). The CAA is organizing a half-day social for employees, volunteers, and members and a 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm gathering, among other activities.
Residents can participate in a Christmas show “Le Choeur de l'Île chante Noel” that will take place Friday, December 16 at 7:00 pm at St. Paul’s Church in Aylmer. The entrance cost is $15, and profits will go to the CAA. Le Choeur de l'Île is a non-profit choir group established in 1973, whose main objectives are to spread the love of music and singing.
The CAA announced that after eight years of loyal service, Émond will retire on March 31 of next year. Interviews will be taking place the week of December 5. The new general director will be on site for a transitional period starting March 1, 2023, and will officially start April 1.
Photo: Courtesy of the Aylmer Food Centre
Photo: The Aylmer Food Centre Christmas Market