Happy Holidays thanks to the Christmas baskets

News 17 December, 2017
  • Photo By Prisca Benoit
    Benedict Thomas, 41 years old, and Dana Morales, 39 years of age, have received a helping hand much appreciated the approach of Christmas of the Fondation Jacques-Forest for themselves and their children, Sarah-Sophie, 10 years old, Mario, 4 years old, Dominic, 3 years old, and Amy, 14 years old.

    Prisca Benoit

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    The Christmas baskets have become a must-see for the family Legal since the disease has hit both parents five years ago, which prevents them from working.

    “As soon as the doorbell’s ring rang, my daughter called out that the baskets had arrived, recounts with emotion Dana Morales. The pups were crazy to see it all come to our house. “

    The woman, 39-year-old and her husband have received one of 375 baskets of a value of approximately $ 500, of the Fondation Jacques-Forest, supported by the Union of blue-collar workers gathered in Montreal.

    It is the biggest distribution, according to the head of the activity for the union, Jean-Denis Seguin.

    The little ones are thrown on the toys and sweets, their laughter filling the apartment. There were also fruit and vegetables, canned goods of all kinds, personal hygiene products, etc

    The father became unfit to work five years ago when he crushed five vertebrae in gliding during the repair of a bowling alley where he worked.


    “I stopped my work at the same time to occupy me of children, but also because I had pain due to lupus,” says the mother.

    In addition to their two boys of 3 and 4 years and their daughter of 10 years old, the eldest 14 years of age living with an intellectual disability and must attend a special school.

    “I had a salary of about $ 20 an hour, and my husband, and the minimum wage. Now, it receives $ 3600 per month with social assistance and family allowances. “

    With the basket, the family plans to hold a beautiful new year’s eve Celebrations.

    “We’re going to do a movie night with the children on 24 December before you unwrap the gifts at midnight. The next day, we will celebrate with the mother of my husband. “

    Where the giving and receiving of baskets

    • Moisson Montréal and 247 accredited organizations for info : 514 344-4494
    • The Society of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul in your neighborhood for info : 514 526-5937
    • The Salvation Army for info : 514 288-2848
    • To learn more about other organizations in Montreal and surrounding areas : www.211qc.ca