On November 29th the annual Christmas Draw was held to the benefit of the United Irish Societies’ Christmas Basket program. This Saturday December 19 over 60 well stocked baskets will be delivered to families, mainly in the Verdun, LaSalle, and Southwest Borough areas.
My first involvement with the Christmas baskets goes back to probably 1991, under Maureen Kelly’s chairmanship. At the time the baskets were assembled at and delivered from Boucherie G.D.G on Verdun Ave. in Verdun. Proprieter Guy de Grasse was charitable in the time and space he gave to this worthy project.
Around 1995 Mr. De Grasse sold his establishment however his involvement continued as the baskets were then assembled at and delivered from his basement on Bannantyne Ave. in Verdun. In 1997 Roberta Wheeler assumed the chairmanship of the project and home base migrated to the Healy residence on Parc du Marguerite-Bourgeoys St. in Point St. Charles, where it remained until December 2014.
This year the baskets will be assembled at and delivered from Beurling Academy in Verdun, a homecoming of sorts for this project. Volunteers are always needed for this day. Should you wish to volunteer several hours, please contact Jane Skelton, who will be more than happy to hear from you.
Ken Quinn, Historian