More turkeys, hams needed for Christmas dinner

With the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau’s annual community Christmas dinner just over two weeks away, organizers now are trying to make sure they’ll have enough food for the popular event.
“We’re still very much in need of turkeys, hams, frozen vegetables, and pickles,” Karen Haney, assistant co-ordinator for the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, noted yesterday afternoon.
She said they aim to have between 12 and 15 turkeys each year, along with five 10-pound hams. But so far, they only have four turkeys and a couple of hams.
Haney admitted some people wait until closer to Christmas to donate, but stressed it would give organizers peace of mind if they knew sooner than later how much food they may be short.
Money donations are as good as food, too. The local Volunteer Bureau has been working lately to do more fundraising for the dinner, which is its biggest annual event.
Volunteers were out Saturday selling tags at Canada Safeway, SAAN, and Canadian Tire, raising about $100 for the dinner, which gets underway at 2 p.m. on Dec. 25 at Knox United Church.
The Volunteer Bureau also is trying to raise money for the Christmas dinner by raffling off a cedar chest and a quilt this Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the old CN station here.
Only 300 tickets have been printed, which cost $5 each. These are now available at local businesses as well as the Volunteer Bureau.
An event like the community Christmas dinner also needs helping hands to be a success year after year. While she has no shortage of volunteers signed up, Haney said more are always welcome.
Last year’s dinner drew almost 300 people and seems to be getting increasingly popular, attracting people who might not have family to share the holiday with as well as those who simply want to socialize with fellow citizens on a very special occasion.
As well, close to 80 “Meals on Wheels” were delivered out of the kitchen at Knox United Church and into the homes of local residents last December.
Haney noted those who would like a meal delivered to them on Christmas Day should contact the Volunteer Bureau before Dec. 24. The same goes for anyone who may need a ride to get to the church.
To make a food or money donation, or to volunteer your time, call Haney or Vanessa Hebert at 274-9555. Or drop by the old CN station anytime between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday through Friday.