18th annual Yuletide Dinner coming up

The 18th annual Yuletide Dinner is coming up at the Sacred Heart Church Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The 18th annual Yuletide Dinner is coming up at the Sacred Heart Church Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

“The dinner is a gift from the Williams Lake community to anyone experiencing lean times this season,” said event organizer Vanessa Riplinger in announcing the event.

“Lean times need not mean only a shortage of funds for a traditional feast, but perhaps lean on company to celebrate the holiday.”

This year the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre is working together with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Sacred Heart Church and Brice O’Neill of the New World Café to host the Yuletide Dinner at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall.

“The dinner would not have been possible without an enthusiastic group of volunteers and community partners,” Riplinger said.

Last year she said the the dinner fed more than 550 people and the number taking part is expected to increase this year.

The cost of sponsoring an individual for the dinner is $11; $44 for a family of four.

Money donations can be dropped off at the Child Development Centre at 690 Second Avenue North. The CDC is a registered non-profit society, able to issue receipts for tax purposes.

“This promises to be a joyful and festive occasion on Wednesday, Dec. 2 between 4 and 7 p.m. with great food and entertainment,” Riplinger said.

Adventure Charters will be donating transportation for those in need.

People who need transportation are asked to call the CDC by noon on Dec. 2 at 250-392-4481.

For the past few years she says the Yuletide Dinner has been held at the Ramada Convention Centre but this year it is moving to the Sacred Heart Church hall.

“We would like to send many thanks to Lindsey (Gasparini) and all the staff for donating many hours of their time preparing and serving the dinner over the years,” Riplinger said.

“Thank you to all the other volunteers already promising to make the Yuletide Dinner wonderful.  Thank you in advance to all the support anticipated from our generous community and welcome to all coming to dine, and join in the festivities.”