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Spotlight: Desjardins gives back during the holiday season

The season of giving is just around the corner and with that, the opportunity to make a positive difference.

The season of giving is just around the corner and with that, the opportunity to make a positive difference.

Not everyone in our community has the means to enjoy the holiday season. Everyone deserves holiday cheer, regardless of socio-economic status but for many, the holidays are a source of stress, sadness and loneliness. That was the reason Desjardins was so eager to join and demonstrate an Act of Kindness.

On November 13, lunch at the Blue Door Soup Kitchen was served by Desjardins employees. During lunch service, patrons got an unexpected surprise when they received more than 150 care packages courtesy of Desjardins. The packages included shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, tuque, mittens, socks, food and free coffee vouchers – many of the basic necessities most of us take for granted.

Then, the Blue Door Kitchen received its own surprise when Desjardins handed over a $1000 donation.

“Desjardins is extremely proud to be able to help people in need during the holiday season,” said Josee Preseault, Regional VP Sudbury and Northern Ontario.

“Desjardins Group's focus has always been to enrich the lives of people and communities through local actions and community involvement. In fact, supporting various local and regional initiatives is our main cooperative difference and that is why we felt the need to help the Blue Door Soup Kitchen and its patrons.’’

The Blue Door Kitchen serves up to 250 people a day. As a registered charity, it doesn’t receive government funding but relies on the generosity of people, businesses and financial institutions like Desjardins in order to keep its doors open.

Desjardins is a financial cooperative and is deeply committed to helping the communities in which it operates. Its mission is to contribute to improving the economic and social well-being of people and communities.

Oftentimes, people who are experiencing hardship, are homeless, or at risk of homelessness are overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Desjardins wanted to ensure they know someone cares about them.