Din­ner of ‘Hope’ re­turns for 5th year

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

HopeCom­mu­nity Church will be hold­ing its an­nual free Christ­mas Din­ner again this year, making it its fifth vol­un­teer-driven com­mu­nity din­ner in a row. Al­ways held on De­cem­ber 25th in the large hall in the base­ment of the church at the cor­ner of Queen and Col­lege Streets, in Len­noxville, the com­mu­nity meal is for peo­ple from any­where in the Town­ships. The tur­key din­ner with all the trim­mings is cooked by an army of vol­un­teers, many of whom re­turn ev­ery year, un­der the care­ful eye of ‘head cook’ Elane Le­bourveau. Len­noxville’s Lor­raine’s Bak­ery al­ways pro­vides the huge birth­day cake for the end of the meal.

The main pur­pose of the din­ner is be­cause we know some peo­ple are on their own for the hol­i­days, and oth­ers can’t af­ford to buy all the fix­ings for a Christ­mas din­ner. So that’s who we’re do­ing it for, but it’s open to any­one. We’re pre­pared to pull out as many chairs and ta­bles as needed, and there will be carol singing and we’ll play some games. And we al­ways give a lit­tle gift pack­age of home bak­ing to peo­ple when they leave,” com­mented Paul McLean of the Hope Com­mu­nity Church. About one hun­dred and eighty peo­ple at­tended last year’s Christ­mas Din­ner.

doors of the hall will open on De­cem­ber 25th, at 10:30 am, and the din­ner will be served be­tween 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. For more in­for­ma­tion or trans­porta­tion, call Hope Com­mu­nity Church at 819 822-2627 or the Lough­heeds at 819 563-7750.

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