MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 26, 2012 – In preparation for the holidays, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is teaming up with the Canadian Armed Forces to support CTV Montreal’s annual “Spirit of Giving” campaign, which brings much needed assistance to the less fortunate throughout Montreal. The EMSB Spiritual Community Animation Service and Communications and Marketing Division are once again coordinating the program.
Until December 13, non-perishable food, toys and miscellaneous items, such as soap and cleaning supplies, will be collected, sorted and donated to Share The Warmth, West Island Assistance Fund, Renaissance Montreal, Multicaf, Parc Extension Share Store, Le Bon Dieu Dans La Rue, the N.D.G. Food Depot and La Mosaique. In all, the combined efforts of the EMSB, its schools and facilities will hopefully generate over 600 boxes of non-perishable food, and over 40,000 toys and miscellaneous items.
Thirty-five schools and centres will take part in the campaign. Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard will serve as the main hub for the collection. Luigi Santamaria, the principal of the school, is thrilled to have his facility once again assume the role of the main hub.
Donations can be brought to the following schools and centres: James Lyng High School in St. Henri; Rosemount High School and Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount; St. Dorothy in St. Michel; Dalkeith Elementary in Anjou; Edward Murphy School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve; Cedarcrest, Gardenview and Parkdale Elementary Schools and LaurenHill Academy (Senior Campus) in St. Laurent; St. Monica and Willingdon Elementary Schools, Royal Vale School and Marymount Academy in N.D.G.; Coronation Elementary School in Cote-des-Neiges; Dunrae Gardens and Carlyle Elementary School in the Town of Mont-Royal; Elizabeth Ballantyne in Montreal West; Sinclair Laird in Park Extension; East Hill and Michelangelo Elementary Schools in Riviere-des-Prairies; Merton Elementary School in Côte St. Luc; St. Pius Adult Centre, John Caboto Academy and Our Lady of Pompei in Ahuntsic; Galileo Adult Centre, Gerald McShane Elementary School and Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North; Dante, Leonardo Da Vinci Centre, Honoré Mercier, Pierre de Coubertin and General Vanier Elementary Schools as well as John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald High Schools in St. Léonard.
The donations will be transported to the collection centre at Laurier Macdonald by the Canadian Armed forces, led by Master Corporal John Petrou and members of Canadian Grenadier Guards. Students from Laurier Macdonald will also be volunteering to sort through the items once they are delivered.
Many of the participating EMSB schools will organize a series of events set to encourage donations, and a number of schools will be featured on CTV Montreal’s mid-day and nightly news programs throughout the duration of the campaign.
"Every item donated to the CTV Montreal Spirit of Giving Campaign helps each of our participating charities meet the needs of families in our community," said Louis Douville, Vice-President & General Manager of CTV Montreal. "The overwhelming generosity of our viewers paired with the dedication of our partners like the YMCA's of Quebec and the English Montreal School Board, helps support thousand of families less fortunate during this holiday season."
The campaign will conclude with a live broadcast from Laurier Macdonald on Thursday, December 13 at 6 p.m. “I wish to thank everyone for their generous contribution to the EMSB’s largest collaborative holiday drive,” said EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini.
Live noon broadcasts will take place as follows: Tuesday, December 4 at Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North; Wednesday, December 5 at Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in St. Léonard; Thursday, December 6 at Sinclair Laird Elementary School in Park Extension; Friday, December 7 at Parkdale Elementary School in St. Laurent; Monday, December 10 at Cedarcrest Elementary School in St. Laurent; Tuesday, December 11 at the Almage Seniors Centre in Anjou with students from Dalkeith Elementary School; Wednesday, December 12 at John Paul I High School in St. Leonard and Thursday, December 13 at Dante Elementary School in St. Leonard.