Bouffe Pontiac surpasses its 10th anniversary goal

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Peter L. Smith
et Allyson Beauregard

MRC PONTIAC –  The 10th annual Bouffe Pontiac food drive, was held Thursday December 7 at four intersections throughout the Pontiac, including L’Isle-
aux-Allumettes, Campbell’s Bay and two in Shawville;  Bouffe Pontiac employees, volunteers, local firefighters,  members of the Sûreté du Québec and the Socitété de la Protection de la Faune halted traffic to collect the donations.  By the end of the three hour period, $11,094 was raised and 332 kg of non-perishable food items were collected for Pontiac families in need.  Organizers had set a goal of $10,000 in recognition of the 10 years that Bouffe Pontiac has existed.  Even Santa dropped by to help the cause.
“Once again, Pontiac residents rose to the occasion and demonstrated their
enormous generosity,” said Ellen Boucher, Bouffe Pontiac’s General Director, adding: “We had 43 volunteers who contributed 105 hours collecting for Bouffe Pontiac this year.”
The donations will be used to prepare approximately 200 Christmas baskets; the number distributed depends on demand and any extra funds from the food drive will help the organization fulfill their mandate throughout the year.
Boucher extended thanks to all those who volunteered for the event as well as
Café 349 and Centre d’Auto Amyotte who donated snacks and hot beverages for the volunteers.