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Help wanted for Christmas dinner

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Planning for the community Christmas dinner already is underway, with organizers looking for donations and volunteers for the 28th-annual event.

Sandra Lange of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau said she’s sent out letters to businesses and service clubs asking for their support of the dinner, which will take place Christmas Day from noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church.

But the committee also is hoping to get donations from the public.

As in the past, the meal will consist of turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, pickles, buns, and dessert.

Businesses, groups, or individuals are welcome to donate food items or money to buy them.

“Whatever’s easiest for people,” said Lange.

“From what I can tell from previous years, people have given turkeys,” she noted.

“I think we need 15 of them.

“Some people will buy 10 boxes of stuffing or donate baked goods,” Lange added.

“Anything is appreciated.”

Similarly, the committee needs volunteers for jobs ranging from decorating and setting up at the church on Dec. 24 to cooking and serving food, and cleaning up afterwards, on Christmas Day.

As in past years, the community Christmas dinner will be free and open to everybody—whether those who might not have family to share the holiday with or those who simply want to socialize with fellow citizens.

Thanks to recent renovations, Knox United Church is fully-accessible.

To volunteer or donate, call Lange at 276-1737 or 274-9555 (leave a message).

Monetary donations can be sent to the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, 140 Fourth St. W., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3B8.

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