Together for Christmas ready for guests

The fourth annual Together for Christmas dinner takes place Tuesday at St. James Parish Hall

There’s room around the table for you Christmas Day.

The fourth annual Together for Christmas dinner takes place Tuesday at St. James Parish Hall (in St. James school). It’s for anyone — individuals, couples or families — who don’t want to be alone.

“We have been getting calls of interest on a fairly steady basis,” said Ron Birch, one of the organizers of the celebration, which is non-denominational and open to members of the community.

“Some are just to let us know how many will be attending, some for rides and some for delivery of meals.”

Those attending could range from seniors with no loved ones around, to travelling businessmen, couples whose children have moved away, or entire families.

Meals can be provided to those who are physically unable to attend the event and transportation to Together for Christmas will be available.

To make arrangements, call Birch at 250-545-0383 or Joe Dorval at 250-503-1945.

About 170 people sat down for dinner last year and it’s hard to know how many will attend this time around as awareness about the event starts to expand.

“We have actually heard from more agencies who seem to be getting the word out better this year,” said Birch.

There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes work to get ready for the dinner, particularly preparing all of the food.

Support for Together for Christmas has come from a number of volunteers and community organizations, including the Upper Room Mission.

The doors open for Together for Christmas at 2:30 p.m.

There will be crafts and entertainment and dinner will start being served at 4 p.m.

It’s hoped there will be a strong turnout.

“It’s for all people who don’t have anyone to share Christmas with. We don’t want anyone to be alone,” said Joe Dorval, one of the organizers.