Community Christmas dinner shaping up

The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau’s annual community Christmas dinner already is shaping up, with the first planning meeting held Thursday afternoon.
But it’s also clear the word “community” still has to play a part in the dinner to make it as successful as in previous years.
“More volunteers getting on board is always great,” said Volunteer Bureau co-ordinator Vanessa Hebert, who is organizing the dinner for the first time.
She noted people are needed for everything from serving to clean-up to delivering Christmas dinners to those who can’t make it out to Knox United Church.
“We have different drivers for this than the regular ‘Meals-on-Wheels.’ They’re normally separate from us and don’t deliver on [Christmas] day,” Hebert said.
The dinner will be held Christmas Day from noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church, with Gerry and Jacklynne Guimond to provide some Yuletide entertainment.
Hebert noted early donations of money or food, like hams and turkeys, are welcome as soon as possible.
“We’ve already had a turkey come in, and some monetary donations,” she said. “We really concentrate on getting the turkeys and hams. Then we go out and buy things like pickles and dainties with any money that’s donated.”
As in previous years, the free dinner is open for anyone to attend, whether they have no other place to go on Christmas or if they just want to participate in a community event in the spirit of the season.
To volunteer, make a donation, or get more information, call Hebert at 274-9555. If there’s no answer, leave a message and she’ll get back to you.