PHOTO Courtesy of The Sudbury Star
Cousin Vinny’s took some time away from the kitchen to help out in the community by donating and serving food at the Elgin Street Mission located nearby the Sudbury Community Arena.
The Elgin Street Mission has been working with the people of Sudbury’s inner city since 1989. The organization has grown from providing toast and coffee to a few in need to being a primary service provider in Sudbury serving between three and four hundred people every day. Each year, over 100,000 meals are served to those in need.
Unfortunately with the economic down turn, and the lack of funding from outside agencies, the Mission is facing hard times. They are lacking in volunteers and funds to keep their valuable and much needed services available. Cousin Vinny’s Restaurant & Bar located in Valley East will be donating and cooking all the food needed to feed individuals who rely on the mission on Tuesday November 23rd in an effort to raise public awareness.
“We want people to know who The Mission is, what they do, and how others can get involved.” Said McNair, co owner of Cousin Vinny’s. Most people are unaware of the need for The Mission in Sudbury. Cousin Vinny’s contacted the Sudbury Wolves in order to get more volunteers on board.
The Sudbury Wolves gladly accepted the invitation to come out and lend a helping hand. Their Assistant Coach Jeff Beukeboom commented by saying, ‘The Elgin Street Mission is a valuable service provider in our community and we would proudly volunteer our time to help out!’
Tim Horton’s in Val Caron has also donated all the deserts for the evening. Due to the growing need and an expectation of cold months ahead, The Elgin Street Mission will require assistance to get through the winter. To gain some assistance, Cousin Vinny’s has made a public challenge to other business owners in the Sudbury area.
“We are challenging other business’ in the Sudbury area to volunteer a night on them, you’re not only helping Sudbarians in need, you are also helping the wonderful volunteers at The Mission who keep it going daily”, said Vitiello, co owner of Cousin Vinny’s.