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Caremongering Campbell River feeds turkey dinner to more than 200 people

A group of volunteers with Caremongering Campbell River prepared more than 200 hundred turkey dinners for people facing barriers. Some of the meals were delivered to homes and some were served at a sit-down dinner at the Eagles Hall Thursday, Dec. 21. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

More than 200 people got a turkey dinner on Thursday, Dec. 21, thanks to Caremongering Campbell River volunteers and donors.

On the night of the winter solstice (longest night of the year) a free turkey dinner was shared at the Eagles Hall with about 100 people while 120 or more meals were delivered to people who face barriers that make it difficult to get out to community seasonal events.

“It’s not so simple for some people,” said Tara Jordan, one of Caremongering Campbell River’s founders. “Some people don’t have the capacity to get to those places.”

The event got its start from Shelagh Germyn, organizer of the Women for Women Walk/Run, who provided the funds to buy 10 turkeys for “people who need them,” Jordan said. The Eagles Ladies Auxiliary then stepped up to provide the commercial kitchen at the Eagles Hall to prepare the meals and the place to sit down and eat.

Caremongering Campbell River’s volunteer network then provided drivers to deliver the meals going out to people in the community.

Jordan said that, besides barriers to mobility, there are many people who also don’t have the capacity to cook a turkey dinner. They don’t have roasters or sometimes don’t have an oven. With the donation of the turkeys and the accompanying fixings, Caremonger volunteers were able to prepare the meals and deliver them.

Caremongering – Campbell River is a group that connects people who are in need of some of the basic necessities of life with people who are willing to provide them. The group operates through a Facebook account where people in need make requests and those who are able to meet those needs provide them.

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