Old tradition creates new camaraderie

Free community Christmas dinner continues in Langford at Our Lady of Rosary Hall

George Katchanov

As per tradition, the first weekend of December will mark a community coming together to feast.

About 60 volunteers with the Salvation Army Westsong community church will cook and serve to celebrate Christmas with the 20th annual free dinner for elderly, shut-ins, single parents and anyone looking for festive entertainment, food and companionship.

“We realize Christmas can be difficult for many people. Some have relatives far away … some struggle to put food on the table. Our hope is to provide companionship to people who need it,” said pastor George Katchanov. “We want to make sure we can sustain people with that kind of hope and cheer this Christmas season.”

The annual dinner celebrates 20 years this year, the church took it over six years ago.

“It’s not just about what you do on Sunday in the building it’s about what you do as a citizen in the community,” Katchanov said.

Last year they had turkey and the trimmings alongside crafts, entertainment and small gifts for the kids enough for 300. They had 250 guests.

“We’re hoping to give out as many plates as possible,” Katchanov said.

The free dinner is Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary hall in Langford. Registration is not necessary.

To donate to the dinner call 250-474-5967.

 

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