All the roast chickens are gone within an hour! It was operation Solidarity New Year’s Eve this Friday in the district of Valensolles, in Valence. Some neighborhood merchants : the grocer, the hairdresser and the pharmacist, as well as several volunteer residents, have contributed to buy forty roast chickens to be distributed free of charge to isolated inhabitants of Valensolles.
A gesture of solidarity that has touched a lot the inhabitants of the district, like Mr. Oria, who has lived there for years: “It’s really great to do that, it touches me a lot. People like that, who have their hearts on their hands, there are few. “He came to get his roast chicken, which he shares with his sick wife.
“I come for my mother, Raymonde, who is 95 years old and who has lived there since 1955“, says Véronique.”It’s unforgettable, this gesture! We did that back in the day, and then they took over. For single people, it’s okay to have a small gift. The city could do a little more for them.“
End the year with a good deed
Nadir is one of the locals who donated money to buy the chickens: “_You might as well do a good deed, finish in style this year_. I felt sick to my heart for these people who are alone, who have not chosen much. If I can participate, I might as well do it, it is really with pleasure, and at the moment it’s important to create community!”
“It is truly exceptional!“, exclaims Maya, 52, who lives alone, “It’s incredible so much generosity, at a time when people fall back on them, it’s important“, she notes.
“At Christmas, with the pharmacy of Valensolles and the hairdresser have contributed to offer a pogne and perfumes to the inhabitants who are struggling to finish the month“Says Hakim, who runs the grocery store, with his wife Dounia.
“I became aware of these isolated elderly people with little means because they come to teach with us, and I see them counting small coins. I’m still upset seeing that“, says Dounia.
Faced with the success of the operation pognes at Christmas and roast chickens at the New Year, traders and volunteer residents are determined to start over, why not at the beginning of January for the galette des rois?