Community Xmas dinner offered by anonymous group

Wetaskiwin residents who may not have the opportunity to enjoy a Christmas meal are welcomed to a Christmas dinner held December 19.

Wetaskiwin residents who may not have the opportunity to enjoy a Christmas meal with family or friends are welcomed to a Christmas dinner held at the Moose Hall on December 19.

Organizer Peter Murray says it is started 20 years ago by a anonymous group who wanted to make sure no one was left wanting.

“We used to cook the meal ourselves but now we get the Hutterites,” said Murray.

“It’s a beautiful Christmas dinner,” he added.

The dinner starts at 5:30 and by 7:30 Murray says, on average, 200 people have been fed. However, some years are higher. “I suspect it could be more this year with the economic climate and the food bank.”

For those needing a ride to the event, Murray says they can call FCSS at 780-361-4425 by Dec. 18. Rides home are also available.

Murray says the event is also never short on volunteers. He explains people have to work on and off in shifts so everyone gets a chance to help. “We have lots of guardian angels.”