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Penticton family makes 207 Christmas turkey meals for community in need

Ashley Fagan, Matthew Smethurst along with their kids Julia and Kai will be hosting a big Christmas dinner.
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December 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM

A Penticton family didn't let the pandemic get in the way of spreading holiday cheer from a safe distance.

Ashley Smethurst and her brood sent out 207 homemade Christmas dinners, ensuring that nobody went with an empty belly on the holiday.

"We want to thank our delivery drivers and our neighbor for the help — without you we wouldn't get this done— and our donors that helped us feed that many people," Smethurst said on social media.

"This was our second year handing out Christmas dinner and last year we handed out only 53 we more than tripled this year plus handing out desserts with the dinners. (It took) months of planning and weeks of prepping and taking orders and few days of cooking everything and an entire day to get the meals out. We did our best and with that many orders and only couple people In the kitchen due to COVID-19 ... we got the meals out even though some of them were pretty late into the evening."

Earlier in the season, armed with wagons full of cards, cookies, kettle corn and more, the family went out and handed out tasty bundles of cheer to their fellow Pentictonites this week.

“(We) took three trips with three full wagons each trip... I posted it afterwards with lots of blessings and thanks from everyone,” Smethurst said.

Comments from appreciative neighbours poured onto social media in the aftermath of both acts of kindness, reinforcing her decision to do it again.

“Christmas is about giving and this year is definitely important to put smiles on faces and our family enjoys the feeling of giving… doing something for others warms your heart.”

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