80 Years and 100 Jars of Peanut Butter


When Simone Parent-Aubry started to plan her 80th birthday this year, she didn’t want a party. Inspired by a story she’d heard a few years ago, she wanted to collect one jar of peanut butter for every birthday she’s had and donate them to charity.

Her initial goal of collecting 80 jars of peanut butter to celebrate her 80th year was easily surpassed when her friends, family and co-residents at L’Accueil Colombien began to get on board. When her birthday arrived on January 5, Simone had well more than 100 jars of peanut butter to donate to Winnipeg Harvest—on top of the dozens she was also donating to Morberg House and The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

“I held birthday parties for my mother when she turned 80, 85, 90, 95, and 100,” said Parent-Aubry. “So when it was time for my 80th I just said I didn’t want to make it about myself.”

Peanut butter is one of Winnipeg Harvest’s top 10 most-needed items and Parent-Aubry says she hopes her story can inspire someone else to give the way she was inspired herself.