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Christmas dinner helps brighten spirits

Salvation Army

For years, The Salvation Army has offered a community Christmas Dinner to folks in need.

Volunteers assist in preparing the festive meal, setting tables, decorating, serving, cleaning up and the many chores that happen behind the scenes for such an event. Individuals and families come together to celebrate good food, friendships new and old, sing carols, hear the traditional Christmas story and, of course, enjoy a visit from Santa!

This year, the dinner will be held this Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at beautiful Camp Sunrise. A bus has been arranged to pick up individuals at four locations between Sechelt and Gibsons.

In 2013, the Salvation Army on the Sunshine Coast offered many services such as providing 1,800 adults and children with food hampers, bread and produce weekday giveaways (10,000 visits by year end) and more than 4,500 hot lunches served to local adults and families.

Its partnership with seven other agencies allows the Salvation Army to help operate the extreme weather shelter from November to spring 2014.

The emergency disaster services van serves the Coast by providing a mobile canteen to first responders and serves Coast communities in the event of a natural disaster. Clothing and furniture vouchers distributed by Salvation Army thrift stores totalled more than $3,400 this year.

Sunshine Coast Salvation Army extends heartfelt gratitude to all supporters. Your support helps us to help others. We are grateful to you!

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