As part of its holiday fundraiser, Maison Interlude House (MIH) is seeking the support of the community – selling poinsettias to finance its Christmas event: ‘Santa’s Treasures’.
At this event, women who receive MIH’s services have the chance to ‘shop’ for free Christmas gifts for their children at the agency’s offices. Maison Interlude House thus makes Christmas more joyful for hundreds of children every year. The funds raised will also support the organization’s network of volunteers, who provide transportation and childcare for users, as well as running the second-hand store, the PastELLE Boutique in Alexandria.
How to support Maison Interlude House
Until November 4, poinsettias are available for purchase by contacting MIH. All information about this fundraising campaign is available on the organization’s website: www.minterludeh.ca.
Poinsettias are on sale for $25 each. With the purchase of five or more, the delivery of plants is free. Otherwise, buyers can pick up their plants at Serres M. Quenneville in Plantagenet.
“We want the community to get on board with us! In fact, we are looking for ambassadors,” explains Muriel Lalonde, Executive Director of MIH. “For example, a teacher who offers her colleagues to take all the orders for the entire school! A real estate broker who convinces other brokers in the office to give poinsettias to their clients as well. This kind of initiative would be fantastic”
In 2021, during the first edition of the poinsettia sale/fundraising campaign, MIH had set a goal of selling 500 plants – an objective that was reached in less than 10 days. In the end, 1,360 plants were sold, allowing the organization to raise more than $30,000. For this year, the MIH team is hoping to sell more than 1,500 plants.
Other ways to help
For those who would like to support the organization in a different way, Maison Interlude House accepts cash donations. It is very easy and secure to do this via the MIH website, by clicking on the ‘Donate’ button at www.minterludeh.ca.
In addition, as part of the Christmas event, the organization is also looking for brand new toys. Anyone who wishes to donate a new toy can contact MIH at 1-800- 461-1842, ext. 208.
This fundraising campaign is made possible thanks to the support of several partners. The main partner is none other than Caisse Desjardins Ontario, which donated the amount of $7,500 to Maison interlude House. This money will be used to purchase the poinsettias. The organization also relies on the support of Serres M. Quenneville and the municipalities of La Nation and Alfred-Plantagenet.
About Maison Interlude House
Founded in 1983, Maison Interlude House is a non-profit French-speaking organization that offers a multitude of services in English and in French. Its raison d’être is to raise awareness in the community about the issues of violence against women and to support and equip women and their dependants who are victims of violence, in all their diversity. In addition to its shelter for abused women, Maison Interlude House offers a multitude of external services to women in Prescott, Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
To this day, violence against women remains too prevalent in our society. Every 11 days in Ontario, a woman or child is killed by a man close to them. In Canada, every six days, a woman is killed by her spouse or ex-spouse.
Need help? Maison Interlude House is there for you 24/7:
Call : 1-800-461-1842