Guignolée Food Drive: A 58 Year Tradition
On Sunday December 4th St Vincent de Paul Orléans – Jésus Marie Joseph Conference – will be holding their 58th Guignolée. The Guignolée is a French Canadian tradition originally organized in Canada by The St Vincent de Paul Society around 1862 and occurs in New-Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. The Guignolée has its origins with the druids of ancient Gaul. Local communities would come together gather Gui (mistletoe) for it’s medicinal properties, therefore the name Guignolée.
This year’s food drive will gather 300 to 400 volunteers to knock door to door in the Orleans area. Some organizations participating in this charitable holiday effort will be local chapters of the girl guides, the boy scouts, the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club, parishioners from St-Marie, St-Joseph, Notre-Dame-des-Champs and Divine Infant and of course Vincentians (members of The St Vincent de Paul Society). Volunteers of the food drive will go door to door gathering canned goods, money and used clothing for the benefit of families in need within our community. Some volunteers are also selected to sort donations and prepare food baskets. If you wish to also lend a hand please contact the St-Joseph Parish at 613-824-2472 or the Orleans chapter of SSVP at 613-837-7667 or visit their Facebook Page.
Orleans Food Drive Helping Those in Need
The food drive began in November, in local schools that contributed donations of canned goods. The donations are used to provide 150 food baskets to local families for the Christmas Holidays. As well, St Vincent de Paul in Orleans helps approximately 20 families per month throughout the year and helps to stock the local food cupboard. Assistance is provided to anyone who might require it regardless of the religion or ethnic background. On Sunday December 4th, if you happen to have some guignoleux and guignoleuses knocking at your door, please give generously. Your donations will help families in need have a better Christmas this year.