Over 575 meals were packaged and later delivered on Christmas Eve — almost double last year’s numbers — with the help of over 30 volunteers.
The annual community Christmas Eve dinner came back for its fifth year, and while in-person dining was not able to take place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers made sure community members could still experience a holiday feast, allowing for pick-up or delivery of meals.
Shelley Sim, who organizes the annual dinner, took to Facebook to thank those who donated to make the dinners free for those who ordered, and to the volunteers who made the dinner, once again, a success.
“It has been an amazing few days!” she wrote on Dec. 22. “The Christmas elves who came to help did miracles…Good things are possible when everyone joins hands to help.”
Over 30 volunteers attended the Clearwater Ski Lodge to help over two days, and packaged over 575 meals. Each meal came with a bag of goodies and wool socks. Even more volunteers arrived on Christmas Eve to help deliver and hand out meals.
Thirteen businesses and 21 community members donated to the cause, and many more gave anonymous donations.