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Getting ready for Christmas Dinner

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

Planning for the ninth annual Community Christmas Dinner in Pembroke is well underway, which will be held Dec. 25 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Miller and Munro Streets. Here, members of the dinner organizing committee stand with major sponsor Scotiabank, which presented $2,000 to the cause. Starting from left to right is volunteer Fred Blackstein, John Becvar, Scotiabank community manager; James Waito, owner of Dreams Catering; Gayle Seegmiller, representing Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church; Heather Sutherland, manager of the Pembroke Business Improvement Area, and Lou Hammill, owner of Giant Tiger.

Planning for the ninth annual Community Christmas Dinner in Pembroke is well underway, which will be held Dec. 25 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Miller and Munro Streets. Here, members of the dinner organizing committee stand with major sponsor Scotiabank, which presented $2,000 to the cause. Starting from left to right is volunteer Fred Blackstein, John Becvar, Scotiabank community manager; James Waito, owner of Dreams Catering; Gayle Seegmiller, representing Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church; Heather Sutherland, manager of the Pembroke Business Improvement Area, and Lou Hammill, owner of Giant Tiger.

It is less than a month before Christmas, and organizers are hard at work making sure everything is ready for the ninth annual Community Christmas Dinner in Pembroke.

Held Christmas Day at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, the free dinner offers those who normally wouldn’t have access to such a meal a chance to enjoy some holiday hospitality.

The meal is a cooperative effort between Giant Tiger - with Lou Hammill and his family taking part - the Pembroke Business Improvement Area, St. Luke's Anglican Church and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. Jamie Waito and his cooks from Dreams Catering prepare the dinner, while drivers with the Pembroke Handi-Bus volunteering to deliver meals to shut-ins and taxi folks to and from the dinner.

Scotiabank donated $2,000 to help cover the expenses, while Giant Tiger will be selling icons from Dec. 10 to Christmas Eve for a $1 apiece, to help with any additional expenses.

Community dinner committee member Fred Blackstein said the entire event is totally volunteer driven.

This year, Petawawa’s Christmas Angels dinner has been cancelled, so arrangements have been made for the Pembroke event to provide enough food for everyone who attend. Blackstein said they will have enough volunteers to deliver meals to people in Pembroke and Petawawa who can’t make it out, as long as they call to make arrangements.

Hammill said they’ll be ready to handle the extra meals.

“Call ahead 629-5555 and leave a message for delivery,” he said, noting the PBIA will be monitoring the phone for messages to ensure no one who wants a meal is missed.

Blackstein said nothing will be wasted. All extra food will be picked up after the dinner closes at 3 p.m. by volunteers from St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Salvation Army for use in their soup kitchens

The Community Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 25 from noon to 3 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 454 Miller St., at the corner of Miller and Munroe. For more information, or to book a take-out order, call 613-629-5555.

SUhler@postmedia.com



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