Once again this year, an open and entirely free Community Christmas Dinner will be held in Kemptville on Christmas Day. Residents are invited, one and all, to celebrate the day with a curbside pick-up, or a meal delivered to your door.

The Dinner has been held for a number of years now, and has always attracted a good crowd to enjoy the full turkey dinner and desserts, all of which is the work of volunteers and generous businesses in North Grenville. St. John’s United Church was the location for the Dinner after Leslie Hall became unavailable a few years ago, and organisers are grateful to the congregation at St. John’s for opening their building to the community for this wonderful event. But this year, as we know all too well, is different, and we can’t enjoy St. John’s hospitality in 2021. But that won’t stop this community celebrating Christmas together, one way or another.

The original idea for the Dinner was that it would provide an opportunity for those who might otherwise be alone, as well as all who might want to enjoy a Christmas Day social event, with company, fellowship and fun. The entire event is free of charge, because all the food, cooking, preparation and serving is provided by the community – a fantastic example of what North Grenville is all about.

At the core of the event are the volunteers who arrange the collection and preparation of the food. Meals are delivered to homes around the region (by volunteer drivers, of course), so that everyone who wishes can be part of the event, even at a distance. An average of 35 deliveries are made each Christmas Day, so if you would like to have a Christmas meal brought to your home, call 613-223-3979, or else email: communitychristmasdinner613@gmail.com. The same contacts can be used if you want to volunteer with the event this year.

This is a community event, put on and made possible by this community, and is designed simply to allow people to drop by and enjoy a lovely atmosphere, seasonal music, and a time of friendship with friends and neighbours, new and old. Oh yes, and a really fine Christmas meal. But, as we experience another Christmas under restrictions this year, we can still be a part of this Christmas Day’s Community Dinner.

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