Everyone welcome to attend Christmas dinner

The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau’s 19th-annual community Christmas dinner is coming up Monday at the New Beginnings Fellowship and organizers are ready for the popular event which, as its name implies, is open to anyone and everyone.
“Everything’s moving along as planned,” said Denise Audette, executive director of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, adding volunteers started decorating the church Thursday.
“It’s a lot of work, but the committee is absolutely amazing,” she remarked. “Most of the people on the committee have been on it for years, and they are committed.
“You can’t help but be drawn back to it each year. You see so many people come together on that one day,” Audette added. “It’s a great thing the community provides.”
The community Christmas dinner will run from noon-2 p.m.
This is Audette’s second year heading up the dinner and she’s looking forward to it again.
“It’s a nice community event. It turns out so good,” she said. “Last year it went without any problems, it flowed along.”
She stressed the dinner is for everybody—whether they’re people who might not have family to share the holiday with here or those who simply want to socialize with fellow citizens on a very special occasion.
“Everyone is welcome, absolutely everyone,” enthused Audette. “The building is even wheelchair accessible, so there should be no issues getting into or out of the building.
“We welcome the entire community,” she added. “I’m really excited about it. I think it’s going to be great this year.”
As in past years, the dinner will feature a buffet of food, including turkey, ham, potatoes and gravy, other veggies, dinner rolls, pickles, olives, punch, coffee, tea, dessert, and more.
This food, or money to buy it, has been donated by local individuals and businesses. “It’s really put on by the community,” said Audette.
She noted there also will be entertainment arranged by Diane Maxey and June Caul, including Jackie and Gerry Guimond and a scaled-down version of Maxey’s Fort Frances Choraliers.
“I have no doubt it will be beautiful,” Audette enthused, referring to the entertainment.
Last year’s dinner saw 250 meals served at Knox United Church, with another 68 delivered to shut-ins.
This year’s event is expected to see similar numbers.
Those who would like a meal delivered to them on Christmas Day should contact the Volunteer Bureau. Although the office is closed until Dec. 27, staff there will be checking for messages and anyone who calls will be contacted prior to Dec. 25.
The same goes for anyone who may need a ride to the church.
To volunteer your time, or to arrange for a ride or meal delivery, call the Volunteer Bureau at 274-9555.