Community dinner

Just a handful of days away, the annual community Christ-mas dinner will go on Dec. 25 despite how little it may look like winter outside.
But Joan Pearson of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau still is asking for a helping hand with food donations to again make the event—slated from noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church—the success it’s been in recent years.
“I am encouraged by the few calls I’ve gotten but I am a little anxious,” Pearson said earlier this week.
“We still could use a couple of hams and at least three turkeys,” she noted, though adding there have been some generous donations so far, including one individual who donated several turkeys.
She added items like canned cranberries, coffee, tea, flour, milk, ice cream, and more also would be appreciated. This food is used to put on a feast for an expected 200 people, including up to 50 of those getting “Meals on Wheels.”
Given the success of the event over the past few years, Pearson said she’s staying positive the community is enthusiastic about coming together for this annual event.
“I think Sept. 11 has ahd a big effect on people. It’s still a shocker, and I know I’m still watching CNN to see if they catch bin Laden,” she said.
“That, plus the weather. I hope people don’t forget about Christmas Day,” Pearson added.
Volunteers also are needed to help set up, serve the food, and clean up on Christmas Day, she noted.
Entertainment will be provided by Marvin Hele and Bob Wepruk, as well as Diane Maxey and her local Choraliers.
Pearson stressed while the Volunteer Bureau is preparing for about 200 people, more are always welcome—after all, it is Christmas.
“And it’s never too late to help out. We’re going to be here ’til [Dec. 21]. And then we’ll be setting up on the 24th,” she noted.
Anyone wishing to make a donation of food or their time can call Joan or Vanessa at 274-9555 or 274-7408.