From left

Serving up Christmas

Annual Christmas Dinner With Friends takes place Christmas Day

You don’t have to be alone this Christmas.

That’s the message a group of local philanthropists want to spread this holiday season.

Radiant Life Church, with the help of Campbell River Baptist Church, the Salvation Army, Save-On-Foods and a host of volunteers, is hosting the 16th annual Christmas Dinner With Friends.

The dinner takes place on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at the Community Centre from 1 to 3 p.m. Doors open at noon.

Brenda Beaton, volunteer co-ordinator for the dinner, said the gathering is for everyone.

“Anybody who’s going to be alone for Christmas and doesn’t want to be alone,” is welcome, Beaton says.

Radiant Life Pastor Art Van Holst says the dinner “is not just for the homeless” and that there will be gifts for the kids who come to eat, courtesy of Canadian Tire and Dairy Queen.

The dinner, which last year fed roughly 300 people, is a large undertaking that Van Holst says wouldn’t be possible without the support of Save-On-Foods which donates all of the food for the meal that consists of a full turkey dinner complete with stuffing, vegetables and pumpkin pie for dessert.

Bruce Brown, Campbell River’s Save-On-Foods store manager, said the dinner is a way for the store to be “active in the community.

“We’ve had a long 16-year partnership,” Brown says. “It’s a good thing.”

Beaton agrees and says the staff’s support is invaluable.

“It doesn’t go without Save-On’s partnership,” Beaton says.

It also doesn’t happen without the generous support of the 60 to 80 volunteers who on average turn out each year to help serve and assemble the meal.

“We’ve always had a fantastic turn out for volunteers,” says Beaton who encourages anyone who would like to help out at the dinner to register early because volunteer spots fill up quickly. “We even get some people from out of town who are here visiting helping. It’s a good way to help the community.”

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Christmas Dinner With Friends can phone Brenda Beaton at 250-287-9483.

For those who are in need of transportation to the dinner, rides can be arranged by calling Ike Enns at 250-926-0321.

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

Just Posted

What Campbell River got up to on your ‘Snow Day’ last week

We asked people to send us photos of what they were doing last Thursday after the big dump of snow

Model railroaders bring life-long passion for their hobby to annual Campbell River show

Annual train show coming to Museum of Campbell River on Jan. 25-26

Campbell River’s Teal Harle to compete at X Games this week

Freestyle skier set to take part in slopestyle and big air competitions

PHOTOS: Storm fall to Braves in shootout at the Brindy

Saanich won 4-3 Saturday night in Campbell River

Prince Harry reunites with Meghan and Archie in Victoria

Buckingham Palace said Tuesday it would not comment on private matters

Meng extradition case back in court for second day on double criminality test

Meng is accused of lying to HSBC about Huawei’s relationship with an Iran-based subsidiary

Canada to ratify new NAFTA next week following U.S. Senate approval: Trudeau

Trudeau says millions of Canadians depend on stable, reliable trade

Skier dies at Fernie Alpine Resort

It’s the second person to die in a tree well at a ski resort in B.C. in the past week.

Put away the shovels, week of rain ahead for Vancouver Island

Environment Canada calling for wet weather until Sunday

Power lines cut as thieves strike Vancouver Island veterinary hospital

‘Thankfully there weren’t any animals or staff in the clinic when this happened’

Warm ‘blob’ could be behind mass starvation of North Pacific seabirds: study

Unprecedented death toll raises red flag for North American marine ecosystems

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mom shares ‘insane’ experience of viral dinosaur video

Tabitha Cooper filmed her costumed sons meeting their grandma at the Victoria International Airport

Most Read