Plans coming together for Christmas dinner Donations still needed

Although the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau’s 19th-annual community Christmas dinner is still more than three weeks away, local donors already have started to get into the holiday spirit.
“Donations are starting to come in,” executive director Denise Audette said yesterday shortly after a meeting of the Christmas dinner committee.
“We’ve got about three turkeys, so we need some more turkeys,” she noted. “We always need more ham—we haven’t gotten any yet.
“Any dainties would be great,” she added. “We’ve had the buns donated now, so we don’t need any of those.”
The committee has looked at what’s been required previously and made a list of food they’ll need.
This includes nine more 12-pound turkeys, three 10-pound hams, butter, cheese, gravy, frozen veggies, pickles, stuffing, desserts, cabbage (for coleslaw), coffee, and tea.
(Potatoes, squash, and turnips already are being provided by local farmer John Gerber and family).
Donors also are welcome to give money so organizers can go out and buy the groceries themselves.
Audette also noted the backbone of the Christmas dinner—volunteers—still are needed to do everything from decorating and clean-up to cooking, serving food, and delivering “Meals on Wheels.”
As previously reported, the popular Dec. 25 event has been moved to the New Beginnings Fellowship (located beside the Lakeview trailer court) this year.
Audette noted planning for the dinner is well underway.
“It’s going really, really well,” she enthused. “I’m so excited to have it at that church [New Beginnings]. It’s set up so nice. We can go in this year and set up earlier.
“I know it doesn’t matter to other people, but to the committee itself that’s a huge thing,” she added. “We’re going in and setting up on the 21st. For us, it’s not such a rush then.”
Last year’s dinner drew about 300 people and this Christmas likely will draw at least that many.
The dinner is for everybody—whether they’re people who might not have family to share the holiday with or those who simply want to socialize with fellow citizens on a very special occasion.
Dozens of “Meals on Wheels” also are delivered to local residents that day.
Audette said those who would like a meal delivered to them on Christmas Day should contact the Volunteer Bureau at least a couple of days beforehand.
The same goes for anyone who may need a ride to the church.
To make food or monetary donations, to volunteer your time, or to arrange for a ride or meal delivery, call Audette at 274-9555 or drop by the old CN station Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.