12/05/2013 09:24 EST | Updated 02/04/2014 05:59 EST

Montrealers give generously to Project PAL

Project PAL, a local organization that empowers people with mental health challenges, will get thousands of dollars just in time for the holidays this year — thanks to the generosity of Montrealers during CBC’s Sing-In Charity Drive.

The CBC chose Project PAL as its charity for this year’s 34th annual CBC Christmas Sing-In.

"We specifically place a lot of emphasis on building skills and helping people to improve their quality of life," said Project PAL coordinator Angela Murphy.

"Our members consider PAL their home — where they come  to celebrate Christmas, their birthday, share a meal  where they will always be welcome, accepted and supported."

CBC personalities, volunteers and singing choirs took over a block of Sherbrooke Street in downtown Montreal Wednesday, broadcasting live from of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, to raise money for the group.

Montrealers stopped by to donate, and also opened their wallets online, to raise more than $11,000 in just one day.

Donations are still coming in online, as we head into the weekend of CBC’s 34th annual Sing-In.

Raise your voice with us

Come join us for CBC’s 34th annual Sing-In on Sunday Dec. 8 at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul.

The concert starts at 3 p.m., and doors open at 2 p.m.

Admission is free, but space is limited.

The annual event has become a Montreal holiday tradition, and so popular that this year a second venue has been added to accommodate more people.

CBC volunteers will be on site to lead guests to the Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which will have a giant high-definition screen, and a choir to lead the singing.

If you can’t make it to the Sing-In, you can still donate to the cause online until Jan. 5.