Local residents enjoy a meal at Paradise Cinemas Tuesday, followed by a matinee. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Lunch and a matinee on the bill at Paradise Cinemas

Manager Gord Moon opened the theatre’s doors for people in need

Dozens of people in need were treated to lunch and a movie at Paradise Cinemas in Williams Lake as a Christmas treat.

Manager Gord Moon said in other years they sponsored a few families, but this year he and his wife Cindy Kirkpatrick decided to reach a larger segment of the population by doing something different.

“It was our way of giving back to the community,” Moon said.

The menu for lunch included home-made baked macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, doughnuts and hot chocolate, served in the party room next to the lobby where tables and chairs lined the wall.

“I spoke with homeless outreach worker Wayne Lucier and he said that would be a good choice,” Moon said as he served the food to the guests, Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Sitting at the table with her son Lyndin, Meggan Quilt said she was enjoying the food and looking forward to watching The Grinch.

Leah Martin, Housing First program co-ordinator, praised the theatre for hosting the event.

“It’s a wonderful unique experience to offer to the community,” Martin said. “I think it’s the perfect Christmas gift. Going the movies has become a luxury most people cannot afford.”

Lionel Marshall said he really appreciated the gesture.

“This is awesome,” he said as he eyed his plate of food. “I didn’t have to cook, and a movie, and people. I don’t get out that often.”

Moon said he told Lucier and the Cariboo Friendship Society shelter manager to spread the word about the lunch and movie.

“For some of us Christmas is the happiest time of the year, but for some people it is the most difficult,” Lucier said. “It triggers some things for people. For people who don’t have anything, how do they tell that to their children?”

Lucier had one person in his office Wednesday morning from Eagle’s Nest who had to move out because of the water main break in November.

“Right now he is staying with a friend, but for people like him — an old time cowboy — he has lived on his own for many years and he’s not used to staying with people.”

With Christmas approaching, Lucier said Williams Lake is very generous and always surprises him.

“I think there are lots of things happening to make other people’s lives easier. Like the movie event – I think they had over 40 people show up.”

Williams Lake still has a long way to go, but the things that are happening are helping, he added.

“When you look at the cost of rent and food rising and welfare rates staying low, it doesn’t look good. They are making the process so hard for people to get social assistance.”

He estimated around 150 people are looking for affordable housing in the Williams Lake area, but warned that often the numbers don’t include people who are couch surfing.

As for his recommendation that Moon and Kirkpatrick serve hot dogs and macaroni and cheese, Lucier said people in need don’t always get to eat comfort food.

“Gord said next year he will have to triple the amount of hot dogs he makes,” Lucier said.



news@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Paradise Cinemas manager Gord Moon and his wife Cindy KirkPatrick served a free lunch Tuesday to people in need. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Meggan Quilt and her son Lyndin were among the 60 people who enjoyed lunch and a movie at Paradise Cinemas Tuesday. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Jolene O’Connor and Tracei Allery attended a lunch and matinee at Paradise Cinemas put on by manager Gord Moon and his wife Cindy Kirkpatrick. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Just Posted

The Williams Lake Skating Club is thrilled to introduce new coach Brenda Boulin (right) to its team. Boulin joins head coach Joanne Macnair (centre) and coach Breanna Davidson. (Photo submitted)
Williams Lake Skating Club welcomes new coach to team

WLSC longtime head coach Joanne Macnair is thrilled to welcome Brenda Boulin back home

While the weather in Williams Lake wreaked havoc on roads and flooded homes this week, the swans didn’t seem to mind it at all. (David Fait photo)
Waterlogged: Williams Lake downright soggy after days of rain

October has seen an unusual amount of rain fall in the Cariboo this year

Roberts Drive resident Lisa Tarlings awoke at 6 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 to water roaring down the driveway. She and other residents began working to try and divert the water off the road into the ditch. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune.
‘I could hear the water roaring outside’: Williams Lake homes flood after snow, heavy rain

Bette McLennan has lived in her home 41 years and this is the worst it’s ever been

Residents of Riske Creek came to the rescue of a truck driver who slid off Highway 20 in icy conditions with a load of calves Tuesday night (Oct. 27). (Facebook photo)
Riske Creek residents rush to scene of overturned cattleliner on Highway 20 Tuesday night

Residents rounded up cattle and directed traffic in the dark during a heavy snowfall

Sooke’s Paul Larouche enjoys gold panning along the Sooke River, looking for small treasures. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
VIDEO: Island man finds niche audience by gold-panning on YouTube

Paul Larouche, 29, with over 215,000 subscribers, opens up about his journey

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday October 28, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Conversion therapy ban gets approval in principle, exposes Conservative divisions

Erin O’Toole himself voted in favour of the bill, as did most Conservative MPs

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

CBSA. (Black Press Media File)
4 sentenced in B.C. steroid smuggling, distribution ring that spilled into U.S.

Canadian Border Services Agency announced the results of a lengthy investigation it called ‘Project Trajectory’

Search and Rescue Technicians carry a stretcher to the CH149 Cormorant during a 442 Squadron Search and Rescue Exercise in Tofino on February 28. (Photo by: Cpl Joey Beaudin, 19 Wing Imaging, Comox)
Father and son found dead after weeklong search near Pemberton

The father and son had set out for a day of mushroom picking last Thursday

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A full moon rises over Mt. Cheam on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Rare full moon, Daylight Saving makes for a uniquely spooky Halloween – despite COVID-19

We can’t host costume parties but this weekend is still one for the history books

A woman wears a face mask and plastic gloves while browsing books as a sticker on the floor indicates a one-way direction of travel between shelves of books at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch, after it and four other branches reopened with limited services, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
B.C. reports 234 new COVID cases, 1 death of senior who had attended small birthday party

Roughly 5,700 people are isolating due to being exposed to a confirmed case

A study by SlotsOnlineCanada notes there is at least 88 hours of top-rated horror movies for Canadians to consume this Halloween. (Unsplash)
Spooks and Chill study reveals Canada’s favourite horror flicks

88 hours of top-rated horror movies can fill COVID-19 Halloween

Most Read