For an impressive 31 years, the community Christmas dinner sees local residents from all walks of life come together for food and fellowship—and next Tuesday will be no different.
The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau will be hosting the annual dinner from noon-2 p.m. on Christmas Day at Knox United Church.
“Things are shaping up very well,” said Judy Koski of the Volunteer Bureau.
The dinner once again has received tremendous support from the community.
It got a boost from the annual “Stuff-A-Cruiser” campaign held Dec. 8, as well as other food and monetary donations from area businesses and residents.
Any food that is not used will be given to the local Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen.
“People have been very kind," Koski noted. ”The community really rallies around this.
“I am just amazed at the community spirit and helpfulness of people,” she added.
“Fort Frances should be proud.”
As in past years, the community Christmas dinner will be free and open to everyone.
“This dinner is for people from all walks of life,” Koski stressed.
“If you aren't able to cook your own dinner, or if you don't have family here this year and are maybe feeling lonely, it's a great place to come and have some fellowship with other people.”
She added there will be a donation jar at the dinner for free-will offerings if patrons so choose.
In addition to a delicious turkey dinner with all of the fixings, dinner-goers can enjoy live music as the Fort Frances Choraliers again will perform starting at 1 p.m.
Thanks to renovations at Knox United Church in recent years, the venue now is fully-accessible.
Volunteers make the Christmas dinner possible each year and this time around is no exception.
Koski noted helping hands are signed up for most tasks—serving, cooking, and setting up—but more help is needed for the post-dinner clean-up.
“At 2 p.m. of course, we're done serving," she said. ”That's when we really need some people to help with the clean-up so that everybody can get out and go home and put their feet up.
“So if people have had their diner already and looking to have some exercise to wear some of that off, certainly come down at 2 p.m. and we won't turn you away,” Koski hinted.
Anyone interested in donating some time to help can give her a call at 274-9555 or simply show up.
Meanwhile, those who can't attend the dinner in person, for whatever reason, can have a Christmas meal delivered to them via “Meals on Wheels.”
If you need a meal delivered, you must contact June Caul at 274-2209 before this Sunday (Dec. 23).
Those who would like to volunteer to drive and deliver “Meals on Wheels” on Christmas Day also can contact her.
The meal will be delivered around 11:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.
About 70 people usually get “Meals on Wheels” delivered to them every Christmas.