Everyone welcome at Christmas dinner

With everything lined up for the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau’s 18th-annual community Christmas dinner, the only thing it needs now is friendly folks to fill those chairs.
Denise Audette, executive director of the Volunteer Bureau, said absolutely everyone is welcome to come out to the dinner, which once again will take place Christmas Day from noon-2 p.m. at Knox United Church here.
“We want people to please come out and enjoy it with us,” she said. “It’s a community dinner and it’s for everyone. We look forward to seeing them and having fun.”
The dinner is for people who might not have family to share the holiday with, as well as those who simply want to socialize with their fellow citizens at this festive time of the year.
Audette said she’s preparing for between 225 and 250 people, given turnouts in previous years.
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.
“I’m very excited about it,” said Audette. “Things have gone very smoothly, and now we’re ready to go. I think everybody is excited about it.”
Audette said anyone who would like a meal delivered to them on Christmas Day should contact the Volunteer Bureau beforehand at 274-9555.
The same goes for anyone who may need a ride to the church.
And while she’s got plenty of volunteers lined up to put the dinner on, Audette said she’ll never turn away anyone who wants to help out.
The same goes for cash donations. Even though organizers already have enough food to stage the dinner this year, if anyone wants to donate money to the Volunteer Bureau, this still will be used towards future programming there.
The Volunteer Bureau got another boost as Wal-Mart is donating $1,000 towards the annual Christmas dinner.
In related news, Audette said there still are tickets 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.
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.