Sacred Heart Hall was turned into a festive scene Wednesday evening where hundreds of guests dined on a traditional Christmas dinner and visited one another at the annual Yuletide Dinner.
“Dinner was great,” said Dave Madden, who brought his family of six to the free community dinner.
“It’s great. There are lots of people and it’s a good environment for the kids.”
In all, 560 plates of food were served to men, women and children, which required the cooking of 35 turkeys, 12 hams and 60 litres of gravy.
“That’s a gas tank of gravy,” joked chef Brice O’Neill as he served up the meals alongside dozens of other volunteers.
“It’s a big team effort. It’s fun. I love it. I love cooking and I love serving the community. It’s not very often that you get to serve 500 people in Williams Lake.”
The event is organized by the Child Development Centre, Sacred Heart’s St. Vincent de Paul and O’Neill.
Wayne David brought along his two granddaughters, who clearly enjoyed all the attention they received from being so happy at the dinner.
“It’s awesome,” David said. “It seems everybody knows everybody. It’s like a family gathering. It’s nice.”
Besides the delicious meal, which many children said was their favourite part, children also received homemade Christmas stockings filled with books, candy, toothbrushes and soap.