Operation Red Nose volunteers are expecting a busier weekend now that December has arrived, and more holiday parties are planned.
Teams are ready for their second weekend of giving rides to make sure everyone gets home safely.
St. Malo coordinator Charmaine Gosselin reports on their opening weekend.
“Volunteers had a blast,” she says. “And we were able to give 20 people 11 rides in total in St. Malo. We had 44 volunteers in all. We would have loved to give more rides, and we'll be ready, again this weekend.”
Gosselin says this service is specifically for rural regions that do not have easy access to public transportation.
“I think it’s super important for everyone to remember to call Operation Red Nose,” she says. “Take the worry out of your evening.”
Gosselin says one phone call is all that is needed, so plan for a safe ride home for you, your passengers, and your vehicle.
“You just make sure you have room for us, our two volunteers, and it’s totally worry free.”
Operation Red Nose provides free and confidential services.
Donations are accepted. All proceeds will go towards the St-Malo Parish Iberville Hall upgrades to help make the hall more accessible.
Dispatch phone lines open at 9-pm on Fridays and Saturdays this month.
Gosselin notes there is still a need for more volunteers to help fill some shifts.
To get a ride, call 204-347-5518.
To volunteer, call 204-712-6041.
-With files from Dave Anthony.