Christmas dinner has enough donations

With more than a week to go before the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau’s 18th-annual community Christmas dinner, local residents have proven to be very generous as no more donations are required for the festive feast.
“We’re right on track. Everything’s falling into place,” Volunteer Bureau executive director Denise Audette said yesterday.
“We’ve got all of our groceries that are needed.
“The community has been absolutely amazing,” she added. “In regards to donations, we’ve got what we need. And now it just has to happen.”
Audette noted while some donations already had come in, a story that ran in the Dec. 5 edition of the Daily Bulletin got people’s attention—and got them to donate either money or needed food items for the dinner.
“The next two days, people were steady, coming in and out of this door, bringing, bringing, bringing,” she remarked. “Being my first year doing this, I’m just amazed at how much the community comes out and supports this.”
Some of the donations have been sizable. Last Thursday, for instance, full-time firefighter Rob Dokuchie and volunteers Kayne Shaw and Tom Batiuk of the Fort Frances Fire Brigade dropped by the Volunteer Bureau to donate $500 to the dinner from its Christmas tree pick-up fund.
The dinner will take place Christmas Day from noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church. The event will feature not only a free meal for everyone, but a children’s corner to keep kids entertained, as well as music by Diane Maxey’s Choraliers and other local talent.
Audette said anyone who would like a meal delivered to them on Christmas Day should contact the Volunteer Bureau beforehand.
“We would prefer to know by Dec. 21, but we would never turn anybody away. We would do our best to ensure they got their meal,” she stressed.
The same goes for anyone who may need a ride to the church.
To arrange for a meal or a ride, call Audette at 274-9555. Or drop by the Volunteer Bureau (located in the old CN station) anytime between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
In related news, Audette said tickets are still left for the Volunteer Bureau’s New Year’s Eve raffle.
They cost $20 each, and are available at the Volunteer Bureau as well as numerous locations around town. They’ll also be for sale at the community Christmas dinner.
The draw will be made Dec. 31, with the winner getting $10,000.
Proceeds from the raffle will go towards the Volunteer Bureau’s programs.