Letters to the Editor

Together for Christmas

On behalf of the Together For Christmas team, we would like to express a heartfelt thank you to our community for the success of our Christmas day dinner with all of the trimmings.

The generosity of many businesses, organizations and individuals from the city of Vernon, providing donations of cash or product enabled us to host a dinner for members of our community that did not have family or friends or were in need. We were able to provide crafting events, entertainment and meals to 180 guests and 70 of our over 100 young to young at heart volunteers.

This event was the result of three baking bees and three days of preparations leading up to the big event on Christmas day. As a result of articles in The Morning Star, we received volunteer responses for double the positions that were needed to be filled. We are deeply humbled by so many citizens of Vernon willing to give up an important afternoon of time together with family, to help provide a warm and welcoming "family" atmosphere for our guests.

We would especially like to thank Darlene Heaney for her organization of all of the kitchen volunteers and Dave and Rhodina Hobbs for the incredible organization of all other volunteer positions. Their efforts played a major role in the success of this dinner.

This event truly was a gift from and too all involved. We look forward to the continued support of our community as Together For Christmas will continue to grow in each of the years to come.

Joe Dorval, Lisa Froom, Bev Henkie & Ron Birch







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