While many of us are racing around this Christmas season, getting last minute presents, drinks and visits in with friends and loved ones, a number of local volunteers will continue the Whitchurch-Stouffville tradition of serving up dinner, with all the trimmings, on Dec. 25 to those who are alone or unable to prepare a full Christmas meal.

Councillor Maurice Smith and a group of 40 dedicated volunteers will start the food preparation process on Christmas Eve.

The full organization of the project takes longer than the one day. It actually starts many weeks prior. And, while 40 people is a great show of community support, Smith would like you to know that more help is always welcome. Volunteers can assist by donating money or service helping prep the hundreds of dinners by cooking the provided turkeys, peeling potatoes, baking a pie or even delivering the free meals.

“Last year we delivered just over 550 meals around noon hour on Christmas Day” noted Smith. “Again. during 2018, through our extended family and friends, we have been blessed and provided many opportunities within the great community of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Helping organizing this Christmas Day event is our way of saying thank you for all we have received.”

Funds for the project are provided by donations from within the community and through a grant from the town. If you would like to offer assistance or if you know of someone needing this service please contact the Christmas Wish Dinner at [email protected] or call 647 404 1138.

Photo: Dozens of volunteers packed hundreds of dinners last year and will be back at it this holiday season.

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