Tis the season: Community Christmas Dinner returns

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Few things exemplify the spirit of the Christmas season quite like the free North Grenville Community Christmas Dinner offered every year. The annual tradition goes back almost a decade, and has travelled around a bit in its time. Originally held in Leslie Hall, the loss of that great venue meant a location change to the St. John’s United Church. With St. John’s unavailable, the event moved to the First Christian Reformed Church located at 2457 County Road 18, just west of Hurd/Somerville Streets. The location may have changed over time, but rest assured that it is the same annual Community Christmas Dinner that has been known to North Grenville residents for years.

This great event is open to all residents of North Grenville and beyond, all are welcome to drop by for a meal, or order a delivery to your home. It is not associated with any church or organization, but is a community effort run by local volunteers and made possible by donations of food. One of the unwritten “rules” of the yearly event is that credit for making it happen should not go to specific individuals, but rather to the community as a whole. Anyone who orders a dinner for takeout or delivery will get one. In the true spirit of Christmas, there are no qualifying criteria, and no questions asked. The fact that the meals are provided for free is only possible due to the contributions of local residents and businesses, which shows, without a doubt, what kind of community North Grenville really is.

The meal consists of a full turkey dinner and dessert. It was originally conceived of as a way to bring Christmas joy to those who might otherwise be eating alone on Christmas Day. But there was another reason behind the tradition, and that was to allow people from the community an opportunity for some Christmas conversation. There’s time to meet and greet friends and neighbours on Christmas Day and still have a family gathering at home, if that’s an option.

Those interested in sharing in the free meal should call or email ahead to order. About 250 meals were served last year. It is not too late to order! Call 613-223-3979 or email [email protected].

Merry Christmas!

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