Salvation Army opens doors for West Shore residents in need

This time of year can be hard for those that may need a hand financially, but it can also be hard for those who might be feeling lonely.

This time of year can be hard for those that may need a hand financially, but it can also be hard for those who may not have anyone to spend the holidays with.

That’s why the Salvation Army is opening their doors to anyone that may need a little pick-me-up and a dose of holiday spirit.

“We recognize need in this season comes in many forms,” said Salvation Army Capt. George Kogan. “We’re just trying to attend to a broad range.”

While some members of the West Shore community may just need a hot meal, he noted others are in desperate need of social interaction, which is why the Salvation Army is hosting its annual West Shore Community Christmas Dinner, this Saturday, Dec. 3, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 798 Goldstream Ave. “It’s just a chance to spend time together … It’s open to everyone,” Kogan said.

Doors open shortly before 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6, featuring turkey with all the trimmings. Last year roughly 220 people attended and organizers expect a similar turnout this year.

Santa’s Saxes, a musical quartet, will be on hand to perform some festive tunes and Kogan noted their dedication to the event is evident year after year. “They’re usually the first group to contact me.”

Another special guest is on the agenda for the evening, he added. “We anticipate Santa will make the journey.” Toys for the event were donated by the Salvation Army – so as not to deplete Santa’s supplies this close to the big day.

While the dinner is hosted by the Salvation Army, a number of community members and local businesses offer donations (including turkeys) and volunteers to help make the event possible, Kogan said.

“This would not be possible without the community support we get, and we’re really appreciative.” That support also comes from Our Lady of the Rosary Church, which  donates the space for every year.  The event is free and no preregistration is required.

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