Reservations are still being taken for White Rock and South Surrey’s Community Christmas Day Dinner, but they should be made soon, as places at the table filling fast this year.
While the reservations line operated by Sources Community Resource Centres will be open until Dec. 21, organizers report that more than 100 people have already registered for the traditional community event, now celebrating its 40th year.
Formerly held at the White Rock’s First United Church and now going into its third year at White Rock Baptist Church (1657 140 St.), the volunteer-organized turkey-and-trimmings dinner is held on the afternoon of Christmas Day.
It’s open, free of charge, to anyone who wants to “share the warmth of Christmas with neighbours, family and friends” – although donations to help keep the event going year-to-year are always gratefully accepted.
Originally organized by White Rock city gardener George Bryant, Rev. Howard Filsinger and other community-minded volunteers – including architect Chip Barrett – the event was designed to make sure there was Christmas cheer for those who might otherwise feel “alone or lonely” on the holiday. It has since been embraced by a wide range of residents who enjoy sharing the spirit of the season with others.
Members of the White Rock Youth Ambassador program are always there to lend a hand and welcome guests – and singing Christmas songs, goodie bags and a visit from ‘Santa’ are all part of the fun.
To reserve a place at the table and transportation (if necessary) call 236-668-6058.