Donations coming in for Christmas dinner Raffle raises more than $200

With the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau’s annual community Christmas dinner now less than two weeks away, organizers are seeing more and more donations coming in for the popular event.
“The support’s been great. It’s really picked up in the past week,” Karen Haney, assistant co-ordinator of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, noted Monday afternoon.
“We’re looking good for turkeys, but we need more hams,” she noted. “If people want to donate turkeys, they’re welcome to. But we really need three or four more hams.
Haney also other items, such as tea and pickles, certainly would be welcome, as well.
Financial donations are as good as food and the local Volunteer Bureau has been working lately to do more fundraising for the dinner, which is its biggest annual event.
Volunteers were out Dec. 4 selling tags at Canada Safeway, SAAN, and Canadian Tire, raising about $100 for the dinner, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 25 from noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church here.
Meanwhile, the Volunteer Bureau raised more than $200 selling raffle tickets for a cedar chest and a quilt. The draw was made last Friday afternoon, with the winner being Sandra McNay.
While she’s got a long list of volunteers lined up for the community dinner, Haney noted she always can find something for someone to do if they really want to help out on Christmas Day.
To make a food or money donation, or to volunteer your time, call Haney or Vanessa Hebert at 274-9555. Or drop by the old CN station anytime between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
Last year’s dinner drew almost 300 people and seems to be getting increasingly popular, attracting people who might not have family to share the holiday with as well as those who simply want to socialize with fellow citizens on a very special occasion, said Haney.
As well, close to 80 “Meals on Wheels” were delivered out of the kitchen at Knox United Church and into the homes of local residents last year.
Haney noted those who would like a meal delivered to them on Christmas Day should contact the Volunteer Bureau before Dec. 24.
The same goes for anyone who may need a ride to the church.