Christmas dinner still in need of helping hands

Duane Hicks

Plans for the annual community Christmas dinner here are well underway, with all of the food and supplies in place thanks to local businesses and individuals’ donations and the OPP’s recent “Stuff a Cruiser” initiative.
But what’s needed now is more helping hands to make the event, which runs Christmas Day from noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church, a smooth-running success.
Organizer Karen Mitchell said this morning some volunteers to help set up, decorate, cook, and deliver meals have come forward so far, and that the local Legion Ladies Auxiliary will cook some of the turkeys in advance.
What she really needs now is people to clear and replace place settings during the dinner.
“I could use a few more volunteers,” Mitchell admitted.
The more, the merrier because you get out earlier,” she reasoned.
Mitchell currently is drawing up schedules so volunteers can work in shifts and get the chance to take a break—and have a meal themselves.
To volunteer, give Mitchell a call at 274-9555. If she’s not there, leave a message.
High school students are encouraged to lend a hand to put towards the volunteer hours they need in order to graduate.
In related news, Mitchell said those wanting a meal delivered to them on Christmas Day must call the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau by Monday (Dec. 20).
Call her at 274-9555 or Gaby Hanzuk at 274-3764.
This year’s dinner not only will feature a free turkey meal with all the fixings, but music provided by Diane Maxey and her Choraliers.
There also will be a draw for Christmas gifts (one draw each for a man, woman, boy, and girl).
Everyone is welcome to attend.