Creemore Community Christmas Dinner welcomes 96 diners
The 19th Creemore Community Christmas Dinner hosted 96 guests at the Royal Canadian Legion and provided 11 delivered meals. The room looked festive featuring new red tablecloths and a sparkling polar bear along with our traditional army of nutcrackers, miniature village and Christmas tree forest.
Many volunteers came to help set-up, prepare and serve the meal, decorate and take everything down again over the three-day holiday. Most people who attend, and many who do not, contribute their time, food, funds or abilities in some fashion. All appreciate the chance to spend time with their community; family, neighbours and friends, old and new.
The goal of our dinner is to ensure that everyone has a little bit of Christmas so we were happy to provide gifts to 13 residents without family in Creedan Valley Care Community. Our food bank donations were delivered to The Salvation Army’s Hope Acres Addiction Treatment Centre in Glencairn and remaining food items were taken to the David Busby Street Centre in Barrie.
It is hard to give everyone the credit they so richly deserve because contributions are typically made without fanfare and in a flurry of activity. It is heart-warming to know that our community is full of amazing people.
Thanks to the funds raised at this pay-what-you-can (PWYC) event and to our generous donors, we are comfortably able to proceed again next year. Look forward to celebrating Creemore’s 20th Community Christmas Dinner!
Happy New Year and best wishes to all in 2020.
–Submitted by Donna Baylis, Creemore Community Christmas Dinner coordinator.