True spirit

The Christmas spirit was alive and well again in Fort Frances and area this holiday season, with no better example than the 24th-annual community dinner on Sunday at Knox United Church here.
While numbers were down compared to past years, about 200 people were on hand to enjoy a traditional feast of turkey and ham and all the trimmings. For shut-ins who couldn’t make it to the church, another 60 or so “Meals on Wheels” were delivered that day.
The community dinner offers a place to go for those who perhaps cannot afford their own feast or have no one else to share the day with. For others, it’s about the camaraderie of spending time with their fellow residents. Whatever the reason, it’s blossomed into a wonderful Christmas tradition here that hopefully carries on for years to come.
Of course, there would be no dinner if not for the tremendous support required to stage it—from the individuals and businesses who donate and help prepare the food to those who turn out to serve the meal, deliver meals, pour coffee, and set/clear the tables, not to mention the members of Diane Maxey’s “Choraliers,” who once again gave up part of their day to provide extra Christmas cheer during the festivities.
Deserving of special recognition, however, is Karen Mitchell, who acted as lead organizer for a third year. Although she again put countless hours into planning the event, most inspiring was how she forged ahead on Sunday despite grieving the unexpected loss of a family member on Christmas Eve.
Her determination to put others first in the face of personal tragedy is the epitome of true Christmas spirit.
Thank you, Karen, and all those involved for again reminding us of what Christmas is all about.