Des douceurs des Fêtes pour la Mission d’Ottawa
Le Musée de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation du Canada souhaite rendre la saison des Fêtes un peu plus douce pour les sans-abri d’Ottawa.
Le samedi 30 décembre, le Musée tiendra la deuxième édition annuelle de sa Journée biscuits. De 10 h à 16 h, on invite le public à venir aider à faire des biscuits maison.
« L’an dernier, nous avons cuisiné 400 biscuits à donner, affirme Jamie Reardon, assistante à l’expérience visiteur au Musée. Nous avons besoin de l’aide du public pour tenter de battre ce record cette année. »
Le lendemain, tous les biscuits seront remis à la Mission d’Ottawa.
"Everybody loves a cookie, so why not give everyone a cookie for New Year's Day?" says Reardon, adding that this year's offerings will include gingerbread and chocolate chip cookies. "It's a nice treat to give to the people who go to the Ottawa Mission."
For participants, Reardon says it's a positive atmosphere for those looking for a sense of community over the holidays, and a small way to give back to those less fortunate.
"I was amazed at the generosity last year," says Reardon. "People were just so generous with their time; families came with their kids, we had senior citizens, we had couples."
Reardon says the event is also a great way to remind children of the importance of sharing with others over the holidays, and all ages are welcome to participate.
"There were age-appropriate tasks for all of the children participating," she says of last year's event. "Little ones can help with things like wrapping the cookies individually for distribution."
Cookie Day is part of the museum's Winter Frolic programming, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation as well.
"There are so many ways you can give, but one of the best ways is by donating food, which is something we do really well here."