Christmas cheer a hit at Upper Room MIssion

The agency served 250 meals Christmas Eve and handed out the same number of backpacks

The holiday season was full of joy at Vernon’s Upper Room Mission.

Thanks to community support, the agency served 250 meals Christmas Eve and handed out the same number of backpacks to clients as gifts.

“We received about 375 backpacks from the community,” said Lisa Anderson, director of resource development.

“We have no men’s backpacks left, and roughly 40 female backpacks. We will use those throughout the year.”

Rob Ellis and Relish Transport put together the resources needed for the Christmas Eve dinner.

“We decorated the dining room and it was so beautiful. I’ve never seen it like that before,” said Anderson.

“Canadian Tire donated lights, so they were strung from the ceiling. Santa came and helped with the backpacks. It was a very special and magical Christmas Eve.”


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