The third annual Community Christmas Dinner was served up between noon and 2 pm on Christmas Day at St. John’s United Church Hall. Once again, and in spite of the really bad road conditions on Christmas Day, the Hall was filled with members of our community getting together to celebrate the festive season. More than 100 people were served in the hall itself and another 40 meals were delivered to residents who couldn’t get out to the event. Another 50 or so meals were packed to go for people’s neighbours, or meals for later.

The food that was left over at the end of the day will not go to waste either. It will be made into meal-sized portions and frozen for distribution to people over the coming weeks.

This is a completely volunteer-driven community event, and all of the food was donated, prepared and served without cost to anyone. Considering the weather, and the new location of the Dinner, it was a great turn-out this year. Having lost Leslie Hall, the venue for the previous two Community Christmas Dinners, it was a a generous offer on the part of St. John’s to host the dinner this year. It may become repetitive to comment on the generosity and community spirit that characterises North Grenville, but events like the Community Christmas Dinner is another wonderful network of volunteers and caring businesses we have the privilege to have as neighbours. Many thanks to all involved in making this another Christmas gift to the community.

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