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Christmas dinner shows community spirit

Salvation Army
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An estimated 125 guests were on hand for a special evening on Wednesday, Dec. 11 — the annual Salvation Army community Christmas dinner.

The Salvation Army annual community Christmas Dinner was definitely an evening to remember on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

“We estimate we had 125 guests, which included many realtors from Prudential real estate offices in Gibsons and Sechelt who volunteered,” said Miriam Leslie,
pastor of Sunshine Coast Ministries.

“Katharine Trueman, supervisor of the Salvation Army Sechelt Thrift Store, and her newly-retired husband, Elliott Trueman, once again cooked up a delicious festive turkey dinner.”

Community was the operative word for the gathering. People from Sechelt to Langdale and many places in between gathered together to sing carols, enjoy one another’s company and be surprised with gift bags containing hygiene products. The First Gibsons Scouts and Sixth Roberts Creek Beavers and Cubs all baked cookies for guests to take home. Santa was a big hit, as always. Molly’s Reach donated a bag of creamers to go with coffee and tea. Margo Taylor, a volunteer, created 112 beautiful chocolate bar and candy cane sleighs for everyone to enjoy.

Family portraits were taken for free and emailed to nine families who took advantage of the generous offer.

“Our donated bus driver, Mike from Sechelt School Bus, literally went the extra mile to ensure everyone was picked up who needed a ride to and from the event, circling the block several times to pick up all the party goers,” Leslie added.

“It was an evening of inspiration and fun. Often the volunteers and donors do not hear the words of gratitude directly, but one young man who attended commented, ‘I appreciate all the hard work and events to make this happen. I am alone and will not be celebrating Christmas later on this month, so tonight is my Christmas. Thank you.’”

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