QA Courier challenges Transport companies to donate services
QA Courier is ‘Shouting Out’ to all transport companies in Montreal! You are being challenged. It all started last December when On Rock Community Services, based in Pierrefonds, were delivering Christmas baskets to families and people in need – and their truck broke down. With $44,000 in food to deliver as well as plenty of other gifts, the timing could not have been any worse. That’s when Peter Hansen, President of QA Courier stepped in to help.
He heard about their problem and inspired by their initiative, offered to donate his transport services to pick up and deliver goods.
“The whole community got together… people were bringing in clothing, toys and other items as well,” he said when I recently spoke with him. After approximately 300 deliveries for On Rock, he didn’t want to stop there.
Seeing first-hand how many people in Montreal were in need of some of the most basic things, many of them refugees and single mothers – but also from all walks of life, Peter was inspired to do more. He put up a page on Facebook, ‘QA Courier & Friends’ and from there it started to snowball. After posting on the page, asking if anyone had furniture to donate – the response was overwhelming. They have made close to 60 pickups and deliveries since then.
“We have been bombarded with people wanting to donate all kinds of things… kitchen tables, couches, beds, microwaves, blenders and more. I’m constantly getting messages on Facebook and all kinds of calls.”
A post on their Facebook page from March 12th reads, ‘Thanks to all the people that have been donating their furniture. We were able to help furnish 5 refugee families that just moved in to their apartments today. We have so many more families to help, both refugees and Montrealers in need.’
They recently started to accept clothing, toys and other items as well – but the one thing they don’t really need are appliances, as most of the people they are helping out live in apartments where they already have them in place.
“It’s amazing,” he added. “We will keep on doing it, as long there are people willing to donate and people in need.”
Peter is inspired to do even more – and it is why he wants to put out the challenge.
“I wish other transport companies in other areas of Montreal would do the same thing,” he said, hoping others will also help by donating their services.
And so, to all the transport companies across the island… WILL YOU COME ON BOARD AND JOIN PETER IN THIS INITIATIVE? Please contact him for details.
If you are in need of something or want more information, please call (514) 796-1857. Or to arrange a pick-up of items you are ready to donate call (514) 875-1515.
On behalf of everyone at the Montreal Times we would like to say, “Thank you Peter and the whole team at QA Courier! The world needs more initiatives like this.’