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December 8, 2016: Community Christmas Dinner; Santa’s Helpers get hoppin’

December 8, 2016: Community Christmas Dinner;
Santa’s Helpers get hoppin’.

By Hintonburg Economic Development Committee.

16th Annual Christmas Day meal at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong at Parkdale avenue, December 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For 16 years the Carleton Tavern, has thrown open their doors to provide a free Christmas Day meal to those who are alone at Christmas. They have turned a very sad and lonely day for hundreds of people into a day of music, good food and fellowship with neighbours and friends.

Last year 600 meals were served there, another 100 meals delivered to those who could not come and about 400 take-out meals. At the end of the day the small amount of food remaining was distributed to local rooming houses and the family shelter.

It takes a village – 130 volunteers, 20 musicians, 30 businesses, several organizations and countless individuals to make this day a memorable one.

We need the community’s help to be able to provide this day. We need donations of: turkey, pre-cooked ham, tortiere and home baked goodies. Turkeys should be dropped off to the Carleton at least 10 days before Christmas to allow time to thaw and cook the amount we need. Baking can be dropped off December 23 to 25.

We also need gifts of new, unused items (especially for men): gloves, hats, scarves, socks, personal care items.

We appreciate gift cards: Giant Tiger, coffee cards, certificates for food (Hintonburger, Pizza Pizza, Subway), phone cards, and movie passes. We need gifts for women, children, youth and also for pets.

We also really appreciate donations of gift bags – both gently used and new.

For information contact Cheryl 613-728-7582 or carletonxmasdinner@hotmail.ca or hedc@sympatico.ca .

[Ed: for a look at last’s year’s event see The Fine Art of Turkey Wrangling; Dinner for 750? No Problem.]

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