Hope Com­mu­nity to host Christ­mas Din­ner for all

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

For the sec­ond year in a row, Len­noxville’s Hope Com­mu­nity Church is host­ing a free Christ­mas Day Din­ner that is open to all. “Last year we had about sixty-five vis­i­tors and thirty vol­un­teers serv­ing the din­ner. Peo­ple had a great time and we had a great time run­ning it, so this year we’re pre­par­ing for about two hun­dred,” said Paul McLean, one of the event’s or­ga­niz­ers.

The turkey din­ner will take place in the church at 102 Queen Street, Bor­ough of Len­noxville, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, with the doors open­ing at 10:30 am. “We’re invit­ing any­one who would like to come, es­pe­cially peo­ple who are alone, away from fam­ily, or who would find it hard eco­nom­i­cally to put on a Christ­mas din­ner. Last year we had some in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from Bishop’s Univer­sity and Bishop’s Col­lege School who were away from their fam­i­lies, se­niors, cou­ples and fam­i­lies. It’s a lonely time to be alone; we make our fam­ily their fam­ily,” com­mented the or­ga­nizer.

On the menu will be turkey, stuff­ing, gravy, pota­toes and desserts, all home-made. “We’ll even have birth­day cake and sing Christ­mas carols and ev­ery­one gets to take home a lit­tle gift at the end. It’s nice to serve oth­ers and give to oth­ers on Christ­mas, to im­i­tate God’s gift of his son to us on Christ­mas,” he added.

“Peo­ple can con­tact us ahead of time if they need a ride and we’ll do the best we can. There’s no bus ser­vice that day,” said Mr. McLean. For more in­for­ma­tion or if you are look­ing for a ride to the din­ner, call Mr. McLean at 819 820-5932.

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