News from the Aberdeen Avenue Residents’ Group

Contributed  by Victoria Hadden. Aberdeen Avenue Sandwich Group for Dixon Hall Celebrates Power of People Coming Together
A core group of Aberdeen neighbours continues to organize weekly sandwich making donations for Dixon Hall. Members participate when they can and each contributor makes 10-15 sandwiches, and/or home-baked cookies.

 
Michael Guenther, a local chef who helped found the Aberdeen sandwich group says recipients at the outreach are thrilled to be able to choose from such a wide and delicious variety of homemade food. This week’s offering included 65 sandwiches made with warm sausage, omelette, BLTs, ham and cheese, and tuna. There were also donations of personal size chip bags, fudge brownies and banana bread.

 
Special thanks go out to all those AARG members who participate including Marion Korn and Ken Thompson, Cathryn MacFarlane and Paul Scott, Sally and Strachan Bongard, Ann and Colin Lambert, Aileen, Aria and Makoto Trotter, Jennifer and Ian Robinson, Reeta Roy, Christina Robinson and Gerry Plasman, June Zinn, Victoria Hadden and Elsie Petch from Metcalfe who joined after she read about the sandwich group in the last edition of the Parliament Street News.

 
Michael picks up sandwiches every Wednesday outside 50 Aberdeen and delivers them to the shelter at 58 Sumach. He calls upon colleagues Claire Burton and Alexander Chapman to carry the heavy bags of food to the shelter.

 
“Everyone is facing new challenges due to COVID-19, and yet people have gone above and beyond to help us continue to provide our programs. We could not have made it through the last few months without neighbours reaching out to lend a hand, and we are truly grateful,” says Laura Stenberg, Dixon Hall’s Director, Philanthropy and Communications.

 
Dixon Hall serves more than 10,000 in the city through a range of programs and services, in an effort to create lasting solutions to end poverty, social injustices, and isolation in the city. Their staff rely on the support of more than 1,500 volunteers like Michael and AARG to keep programs and services running.  Read Dixon Hall’s latest blog, Neighbours Helping Neighbours here: https://dixonhall.org/blog-post/neighbours-helping-neighbours/

 
If you wish to help out the Aberdeen Avenue Sandwich Group at Dixon Hall, kindly contact Michael at michaelzehguenther@hotmail.com or at 204-295-635

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