Arrange for Christmas ‘Meals on Wheels’ soon

Duane Hicks

The annual Christmas community dinner is all set to go Christmas Day at Knox United Church, with up to 300 people expected to attend.
Those who are unable to make it to the event can arrange to have special “Meals on Wheels” delivered to them to that day.
However, dinner organizer Karen Mitchell said those wanting a meal delivered must let organizers know ahead of time so arrangements can be made.
The deadline to order a “Meal on Wheels” is next Wednesday (Dec. 21).
To arrange a meal delivery that day, call either Gaby Hanzuk (274-3764) or June Caul (274-2209). Please do not call the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau.
About 80 “Meals on Wheels” are expected to be delivered on Christmas Day, although Mitchell noted 95 meals will be prepared.
Meanwhile, plans for the dinner, which is open to everyone, are coming along well, she said.
Thanks mostly to the generosity of local businesses and individuals, along with some help from the recent “Stuff a Cruiser” campaign, 18 turkeys, six hams, stuffing, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, turnips, and all the other fixings have been donated to the dinner, which will run from noon-2 p.m. on Dec. 25.
As of yesterday, Mitchell said the only things she needs to get is the door prize gifts for a man, woman, boy, and girl, which will be drawn for at the dinner.
As well, she has all the volunteers needed to help get ready for the dinner and work on the day of the event.
Mitchell even has drawn up a schedule to keep volunteers working in shifts so they won’t get in each other’s way.
There’s still plenty to do, though, she admitted.
For example, Mitchell and several other volunteers will be wrapping cutlery and napkins on Dec. 20, then decorating the hall at Knox United Church on Dec. 21.
On the cooking side of things, the gravy will be prepared at the Couchiching Bingo Hall, Canada Safeway will be cooking up the turkeys, La Place Rendez-Vous once again will be preparing carrots and coleslaw, and the Fort Frances Jail will prepare the potatoes and turnips.
On the day of the dinner, 20-plus volunteers will be working in the kitchen, serving up food, and clearing and re-setting place settings, then help clean up at the end of the event.
As in past years, everyone is welcome to attend the free dinner on Christmas Day. The Fort Harmonies, led by Diane Maxey, will provide festive music.
Last year’s community Christmas dinner drew more than 300 people, and also saw 80 “Meals on Wheels” delivered.