By Robert Frank
Three weeks ago, The Suburban profiled Hellenic Social Services of Quebec’s (HSSQ) food bank, which helps to support Laval’s needy, regardless of their race or creed.
Now, the charity is reaching out to the community, in the hope that a generous member of the public will donate a used minivan that will permit it to deliver food where it’s needed.
“We’re looking for a minivan because, until now, it has been our volunteers who have supported the whole service by offering to move food to distribution points in their own cars,” spokesman Paris Petrou told The Suburban.
“These are individuals with families who have needs and obligations of their own and cannot always participate weekly to provide the services,” he explained. “HSSQ is in need of a permanent solution, so it is looking for a donation of a used minivan for this very important service to the community.”
The food bank is a Greek community initiative that has operated in Chomedey for the past nine months out of the large kitchen at Holy Cross Church on Souvenir.
Petrou added that since HSSQ is a charity, it might be possible to furnish a donor with a tax receipt in return for the in-kind donation.
“Hundreds of families are in need,” he reminded. “The food bank is a very important service, so it would be great if someone could offer their van.”
Prospective donors are asked to contact Mary Arvanitakis at  738-2421 x 121 or 135. They can also send an electronic mail message to: email@example.com
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