Over 4,000 gifts for the underprivileged children of Montréal

    MONTREAL, Dec. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Inspired by the theme "Make Christmas
bright for a child who dreams of a magical night," the Christmas toy workshop
of the 202 Workshop Depot of National Defence presented 4,012 gifts to the
Montréal firefighters' Santa Claus at a formal ceremony on Thursday morning,
December 13, 2007.
    The gifts will be distributed to children in underprivileged families by
the Montréal firefighters along with the Christmas baskets, on December 21.
Each gift contains between 5 and 9 items (toy, book, puzzle, board game or
stuffed animal) including at least one brand-new toy, according to the age
group to which the child belongs.
    For 16 years now, the civilian and military employees of the 202 Workshop
Depot, with the assistance of many other volunteer groups, have devoted some
of their spare time to sorting, repairing, cleaning and wrapping new or used
toys. The toys are donated by members of the public and by various
organizations, and are dropped off at Montréal's fire stations throughout the
    The "Les services de réadaptation l'Intégrale" organization has been an
active participant in the project for the past 13 years. Its mission is to
integrate individuals living with an intellectual disability in the workplace.
    Since the project was started in 1991, over 50,000 toys have been
distributed to Montréal's needy families.
    "By doing our small part in the community, we can all make our world a
better place. I am proud to belong to an organization like the 202 Workshop
Depot, where it is important to get involved so that more kids will have a
happy Christmas," said the commander of the 202 Workshop Depot of National
Defence, Lt. Col. Marc St-Pierre.

For further information:

For further information: Valérie Deschênes, Unit Public Affairs
Representative, (514) 252-2777, ext.2116, Cell: (514) 917-7147,

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