Thursday, July 30, 2015

Plenty of help for Christmas dinner

While numbers may have been down a little this year, the annual Community Christmas Dinner still drew about 200 people to Knox United Church here Tuesday.
And the spirit of co-operation was high, indeed, as more and more volunteers stepped forward this year to lend a helping hand.

“The volunteers, holy smokes I am telling you, I had so many sign up before but I had so many coming that day also,” noted June Caul, who helped organize the 25th-annual event along with Karen Mitchell, Gaby Hanzuk, and Diane Maxey.
“People just want to be there and come and help out,” she added, saying there had to have been at least 50 volunteers helping out Tuesday.
Caul added when you see how many people signed the guest book at the dinner, it might not have looked like that many. But when you factor in the volunteers, it was a full house.
“Volunteers don’t sign in but they eat,” she reasoned.
Caul also said more than 50 “Meals on Wheels” were sent out to those who couldn’t attend the dinner in person, and extra plates of food were sent home with dinner guests who needed them.
“Last year, we had a lot [of food] left over,” Caul noted. “This year, I don’t think we had as much.
“Some of it was taken to the soup kitchen right away. Some of it was taken to people who we know are needy in the community.
“There’s so many people that could come out and don’t, and they could use it,” she stressed.
The meal consisted of turkey, ham, potatoes, veggies, gravy, and all the other fixings.
Being the 25th Community Christmas Dinner here, dessert was a large cake with the message, “Happy 25th Anniversary for the Christmas Dinner,” written on it in icing.
Dinner-goers also were treated to a selection of songs thanks to Maxey and a group of about 15 people.
“People seemed to really enjoy that,” noted Caul. “We sang pretty much our entire cantata.
“It was a wonderful day,” she enthused.
The Community Christmas Dinner is made possible through donations from local businesses, service clubs, and individuals, as well as the efforts of volunteers both prior to and on the day of the event.

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