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Vernon volunteers fighting holiday loneliness by serving 500 Christmas meals

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For the first time since 2019, Vernon volunteers will be providing a full-service Christmas dinner for 500 residents in need of some company this holiday season.

The 12-year annual tradition of Together for Christmas had to take a break over the COVID pandemic but has made a full return this year, according to a media release.

A team of original volunteers and new helpers will be preparing 500 full turkey dinners from 300 lb. of turkey, 18 hams, over 100 lb. of carrots and 250 lb. of potatoes. Local musicians will also be volunteering their time to provide live entertainment on the day.

“Our main focus is that no one is alone for Christmas,” organizing committee member Sheila Monroe said in the release.

A baking day took place on Dec. 9, as well as decorating on Dec. 23, and a clean-up session on Dec. 27.

“This togetherness goal is also exemplified in our volunteers,” Monroe said. “As volunteers also receive the gift of being with others and making spirits bright on Christmas Day.”

The event has received longstanding support from Butcher Boys and this year will be assisted by SilverStar Mountain Resort with turkeys, Maple Leaf Foods and Buy Low are providing hams and Bellman Specialty Produce is donating carrots. 

“Together for Christmas is completely accomplished through community donation and volunteers. Without the amazing community of Vernon – this would not be possible. Thank you, Vernon,” veteran committee member Gwen Barker, said in the release. 

Dinner will be served to guests on Christmas day at 4 p.m. along with entertainment, table games, crafts, door prizes, and a visit from Santa Clause. Doors will open at St James School Gymnasium at 3 p.m. and the festivities will come to an end by 6pm.

Anyone interested in volunteering some time is asked to call or text 250-241-9994.

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