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Christmas team-up raises $58K for Elgin Street Mission

Chris’ Your Independent Grocer, William Day Construction and the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers teamed up in December to raise funds for downtown facility
On hand for the cheque presentation from the Mission 31 fundraiser for the Elgin Street Mission, held in December, are (from left) Ian Lane, president of the Rotary Club of Sudbury Sunrisers, Barb Roy, Rotary member, Bart Day of William Day Construction, and Amanda Robichaud, executive director of the Elgin Street Mission and a Rotarian. Missing from the image is Chris Cummings of Chris’ Your Independent Grocer, and Rotarians Mick Weaver, Amanda Berloni and Sonia Del Missier.

The annual Mission 31 fundraiser to benefit the Elgin Street Mission raised $58,600 for the downtown facility in December 2022.

"The Rotary Sunrisers of Sudbury, in partnership with Chris’ Your Independent Grocer and William Day Construction are providing teams of volunteers for the food drive to support the Elgin Street Mission for 31 days in December," said Rev. Amanda Rochichaud, the executive director at the Mission, at the launch of the fundraiser last month.

She added that the fundraiser has been an important event for the Mission over the years, thanks to the efforts of the Sudbury Rotary Club Sunrisers and again, to the generosity of Day Construction, which again came through with a massive donation.

"We have Day Construction as a matching sponsor at $31,000 for the month of December," she added.

Robichaud said the fundraiser works when the customers at Chris' Your Independent show their generosity by purchasing pre-packaged $10 and $20 bags of groceries that are delivered to the Mission.

Robichaud said the Mission was able to choose from the wide selection of groceries at YIG that are then packaged in the donor gift bags.

"We've picked out specific things that we use at the mission. And so there's nothing that goes to waste. It goes straight to us, and we get to make healthy meals for the most vulnerable citizens in our community," said Robichaud.

She added that the Mission will benefit from the generosity of Sudbury residents who always seem to come through at this time of year.

"This is a time that people want to give and want to share. So that's key. But you know, over the last year our meals have gone up by 1,000 meals per month. And so that's a big number. So this is really helping that bottom line and helping us to meet the needs in our community," she said.