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December 5, 2013: Christmas at the Carleton Tavern.

December 5, 2013: Christmas at the Carleton Tavern.
By the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee.

The Carleton Tavern will be hosting a free Christmas Day meal on Christmas Day from 11 am to 3 pm. It will be at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong at Parkdale, right next to the Parkdale Market.
Christmas Day can be one of the loneliest days of the year. Being alone at Christmas, at a time when everyone is supposed to be with family reinforces this loneliness. The Carleton Tavern owners Sam, Simon and Billy realized this need and thirteen years ago proposed a free meal on Christmas Day for the community. The Hintonburg Economic Development Committee jumped at the chance to work with them on this wonderful day. Many volunteers have come on board and come back year after year. This meal has become the Christmas tradition now for so many. It is a joyous day with lots of good food, live music, gifts, Santa and Mrs. Claus and lots of volunteers.
Last year about 500 meals were served in the tavern, another 200 were take-out meals and about 120 meals were delivered to those who could not come out. At the end of the day, all food remaining was delivered out by a team of volunteers to local rooming houses, a senior’s building and the Family Shelter to sustain very many people for several more days after Christmas. No food ever goes to waste and most of it stays in this community.
We need the community’s help to be able to provide this day. We need donations of: turkey, ham, tourtière and home baked goodies. Turkeys should be dropped off to the Carleton one week before Christmas to allow time to thaw and cook the amount we need. Baking can be dropped off December 23rd to 25th.
We also need gifts – especially for men. We need warm items: gloves, hats, scarves, personal care items. We appreciate gift cards: Giant Tiger, coffee cards, certificates for food (Hintonburger, Pizza Pizza), phone cards, and movie passes. We also need gifts for women, for children and youth and for pets. There are 20 families with 85 to 100 children at the local family shelter at any given time.
We also need donations of gift bags in the week before Christmas so that our gift coordinators can start to bring everything together on December 23.
Help make this a Christmas for everyone. Contact us if you know of someone that would like come or have a meal delivered. We have volunteer drivers.
For more information call Cheryl at 613-728-7582 or e-mail carletonxmasdinner@hotmail.ca or hedc@sympatico.ca .

Servers in line

Lively and Fulfilling Fun for All.

Photo Caption: The Carleton Tavern’s Christmas Dinner has become a regular tradition for many area residents because making a contribution to the community can be combined with participating in a lively and fulfilling social event of the sort that makes Christmas just that much more ‘Christmassy’. Donations of food and gifts from Kitchissippi residents are needed, says the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee. Photo by Tim Thibeault.

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