Community Christmas Dinner

Support for the Community Christmas Dinner

Once again, the Town is supporting the annual Community Christmas Dinner in Athabasca. The amount of $317.50 is being donated to help cover the rental cost of the Athabasca Regional Multiplex where the dinner is held. Athabasca County is contributing an equal amount for the same purpose.

The date for this year’s dinner is December 5. Everyone is welcome. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues until the food runs out or people stop coming, generally around 6:30 p.m.

The popular event is organized and run by community volunteers and provides an opportunity for all members of the community to enjoy a festive dinner and entertainment completely free of charge.

Cheryl Balay, one of the key organizers for the event, appreciates the financial support received from the Town and from the County.

“We are thankful to the Town of Athabasca and Athabasca County for their faithful financial support that helps us to host the Athabasca Community Christmas Dinner,” says Cheryl.

As well, she acknowledges the volunteer support received from many enthusiastic community members. “We can't host this event without our dedicated committee and our amazing volunteers who work joyfully with us throughout the day and evening. We have a lot of fun together.”

Volunteers contribute their time, talent and effort where they feel most comfortable. Some donate a few hours focusing on specific tasks. Others stay longer, serving, cleaning and helping where needed.

Some start at 9:00 a.m., while others come and go at various times throughout the day, helping to prepare and serve the food, wash dishes, clean up during and after the event, entertain the guests and perform various other tasks and duties as required.

The big clean-up begins after the food is gone or people stop coming and continues until around 9:00 p.m. or later, depending on how many volunteers are available at that time.

“We deeply appreciate all of the contributions that come from our local churches, businesses, organizations, schools, and community members,” says Cheryl. “Thank you to everyone involved.”

The event is on Thursday, December 5 at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex. Serving and entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. There is no cost, all are welcome, and those interested in volunteering their time or talent, even for an hour or two, will be very much appreciated.


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