Welcome Hall Mission

Welcome Hall Mission

August 13, 2015 10:25 ET

Media Advisory: Welcome Hall Mission to Provide School Supplies and New Shoes to 2,600 Children

Jacques Demers to meet with children and distribute backpacks

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 13, 2015) - Welcome Hall Mission will host its 14th annual back-to-school event - Rentrée la tête haute - for Montreal children. With the average cost of supplies and fees pegged at over $500 per child, the event is an important one for families struggling to make ends meet. This year, the mission will provide at least 2,600 children with new pairs of shoes and back-packs filled with grade-appropriate supplies. In addition, families will benefit from sale prices at the mission's thrift store, La Boutique (which proceeds support the mission's job creation program). It is estimated that about 22.5% of children live below the poverty level in Montréal.

WHAT: Media briefing to kick-off the Rentrée la tête haute event
WHEN: August 18th at 10:30 AM
Photo opportunity with Jacques Demers distributing backpacks and talking with the kids around 11 AM
WHO: Cyril Morgan, CEO of Welcome Hall Mission
Senator Jacques Demers
Families who will receive backpacks
WHERE: 4755 A Acorn Street (corner De Courcelle), Montreal, QC H4C 3L6
Note: De Courcelle closed between Acorn and St. Jacques for construction

Backpacks will be distributed from 9 AM to 4 PM on August 18 and 19. During these two fun-filled days, children will also with able to take part in various activities such as sports, inflatables, face painting, refreshments, etc.

Since its foundation in 1892, Welcome Hall Mission has been helping Montreal's most disadvantaged through its multiple services which provide constant, effective assistance to tens of thousands of men, women, children and teenagers. Across all programs, the common denominator is its commitment to supporting and giving hope to the most disadvantaged through concrete actions and effective solutions to build a better life and reintegrate into society.

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