The 14th annual Yuletide Christmas Feast is coming up this Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Co-ordinated by the non-profit Yuletide Dinner Group, the feast is a gift from the members of the Williams Lake community, to anyone experiencing lean times this season, says event organizer Vanessa Riplinger.
“Lean times need not mean only shortage of funds for a traditional feast, but perhaps lean on company to celebrate the season,” Riplinger says.
The event will be held at the Overlander Convention Centre from 4-7 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Once again this year, Riplinger says Lindsey Gasparini, Lynn Ball and staff at the Overlander Convention Centre have graciously agreed to donate the space and their time to provide this incredible gift to the community.
“This promises to be a joyful and festive occasion with great food and entertainment,” Riplinger says.
People who may need a ride to the dinner are asked to call 250-302-1988.
Last year she says 700 people attended the dinner and more are expected to attend this year.
The Yuletide Dinner Group is a registered group for tax receipt purposes and the Yuletide Christmas Feast is made possible with donations from the entire community. The cost of sponsoring an individual plate is $10. The cost of a sponsoring a family of four is $40.
People who would like to sponsor an individual or family to the dinner can drop off, or mail their donations to the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre at 690 North Second Ave., Williams Lake.
People who have questions can call the CDC at 250 392 4481.
“Thanks to all the volunteers who are already promising to make the yuletide dinner wonderful,” Riplinger says. “Thanks in advance to all the support anticipated from our generous community and welcome to all of you coming to dine, and joining in the festivities.”