Chevaliers de Colomb (Knights of Columbus) Council 3188 in Grenville held its annual guignolée on Saturday, December 3, and organizers estimate the effort will provide 125 to 140 local households with baskets this Christmas.

In 2021, 125 baskets were distributed.

Donations of food and cash were collected at Église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs church in Grenville, the Centre Paul-Bougie community centre in Calumet, and the Centre Communautaire Campbell in Pointe-au-chêne.  All donations go toward Christmas baskets for area residents. Durocher said the council chooses not to disclose the amount of cash donations received, but the result was very generous.

“We had a very good guignolée,” he said.

Durocher said there were between 75 to 80 volunteers who helped with this year’s guignolée. They collected, counted, and sorted donations while others collected cash from drivers at selected intersections around the community. An appreciation dinner for the volunteers was held on Sunday, December 4 in the church basement at Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs.

For information about Christmas baskets for Grenville, Calumet, and Pointe-au-chêne residents, call Paul-André Aubry at 819-242-2179, or Raymond Durocher at 819-242-5106 before December 20.

Chevaliers de Colomb (Knights of Columbus) Council 3188 Grand Knight Mario Bertrand was among the volunteers’ collecting donations along rue Maple (Route 344) in Grenville during the guignolée held on Saturday, December 3. Photo: James Morgan