Having provided and served more than a decade of traditional Christmas meals and gifts to the homeless of Montreal, students at Lindsay Place High School have now added a Thanksgiving traditional meal to their work at the mission.
Through a variety of in-school activities and bagging groceries at Maxi Dorval, students have raised more than $100,000 over the years, donating most of the money raised in the form of food and clothing of all sorts for both men and women.
This year, Lindsay Place students will be bagging groceries on Dec. 13, 14 and 15 in order to raise money for the 12th annual Christmas dinner that they provide for the homeless at the Old Brewery Mission.
The Lindsay Place program began in 2000, when students raised about $500 for the purchase of potatoes and turkeys.
Lindsay Place students began supplying and serving a traditional Christmas dinner at the Mission in 2002 – that year, 300 meals were served. Before that, guests at the Mission were served hamburgers for Christmas.
Students, who were also serving at the mission on Fridays and Sundays, took it once step further and over the years, the amount of food they supplied increased to about 1,000 meals at Christmas, including serving a women’s shelter as well as a couple of satellite residences for men.
As well, students from Lindsay Place High School have bought jeans, sweaters, socks, underwear, hats and gloves for both the men and women at the mission.
Lindsay Place High School Teacher John Kesson, the force behind the Lindsay Place/Old Brewery program, said that over the years, graduates from the school have often returned to serve at the mission as well as help raise funds.
“Graduates also now go and serve meals at the mission on their own time, keeping their involvement to a very personal level,” said Kesson.
“We were blessed to be able to provide Thanksgiving lunch at the mission this year,” he said. “We have some phenomenal kids at Lindsay Place.”