The goal behind the West Shore Community Christmas Dinner

Community dinner this Saturday in Langford

Annual Christmas meal addresses more than simply physical needs

The Salvation Army is inviting residents to their annual West Shore Community Christmas Dinner, taking place this Saturday (Dec. 5) at Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

“Last year we had about 230 people,” said Salvation Army Capt. George Kogan.

This year he expects about 250 people to attend the event, which is not just for those who may be experiencing financial hardship. “Everybody’s welcome … Need can be expressed in a number of ways.”

The dinner also caters to people who may be struggling emotionally and just want some companionship and social interaction.

While the dinner only lasts for about two hours, Kogan said you leave feeling like you’ve been recharged. A band even plays a few tunes before dinner and Santa is scheduled to make a special appearance.

“It ends up being a pretty festive atmosphere,” he said.

While the dinner is hosted by the Salvation Army, Kogan pointed out that a number of community members and local businesses offer donations and volunteers to help make the event possible. “We’re able to offer this because of the great support of the community … We’re very grateful for this.”

The goal is getting the community to help their community. “Everyone’s working together,” he said.

The church is at 798 Goldstream Ave. Doors open at around 5:30 p.m. and the full turkey dinner with all of the fixings will be served at 6.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com

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