February 21, 2024

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Wholesome helpings of neighborhood, meals and Christmas cheer have been served to a whole bunch of individuals because the Fort McMurray Knights of Columbus made certain as few folks as doable felt forgotten on Christmas Day.

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Between 300 and 350 folks gathered on the gymnasium of Our Girl of the Rivers Catholic College to have a good time the twenty ninth annual Christmas meal.

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Visitors have been served a turkey dinner donated by Clear Harbours and desserts from Sobey’s. The Wooden Buffalo Meals Financial institution gave out luggage of potatoes, carrots, onions, milk and eggs to anybody who needed them. Individuals might take donated gloves, hats and youngsters winter coats. Anybody who needed to sing was allowed to take action.

Waypoints acquired 45 dinners and presents for youngsters to present to folks on the Unity Home Emergency Ladies’s Shelter. A surplus of donated potatoes went to the Salvation Military. The remaining leftovers went to the Centre of Hope.

“While you see a gathering like this on Christmas Day, it makes you are feeling good to know we’re coming collectively to assist the neighborhood,” stated Stanley Bartlett, one of many organizers with the Knights of Columbus. “I do know the Knights are spearheading it, nevertheless it’s the neighborhood working collectively on Christmas Day.”

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The free occasion was open to folks of all faiths and financial backgrounds. At one level an impromptu choir sang Christmas carols in Malayalam, a language generally spoken within the Kerala state in southern India.

Many company and volunteers are new to Fort McMurray and didn’t know anybody. Bartlett stated organizers acquired calls from individuals who have been new to the area and asking about volunteering or attending the meal.

The annual meal launched in 1994 within the basement of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. After 11 years, the organizing of the occasion was taken over by Fort McMurray Knights of Columbus. It moved to the college from the church in 2016 because the occasion grew. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the meal was restricted to a take-out service to observe restrictions on giant gatherings.

Bartlett hopes the thirtieth anniversary in 2024 will carry out much more folks.

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Volunteers on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
A choir sings Christmas carols in Malayalam, a language commonly spoken in the Kerala state in southern India, at the 29th annual community Christmas meal at Our Lady of the Rivers School in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A choir sings Christmas carols in Malayalam, a language generally spoken within the Kerala state in southern India, on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
A drummer at the 29th annual community Christmas meal at Our Lady of the Rivers School in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A drummer on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
People are served a Christmas meal at the 29th annual community Christmas meal at Our Lady of the Rivers School in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Persons are served a Christmas meal on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Cam Stewart the 29th annual community Christmas meal at Our Lady of the Rivers School in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Cam Stewart the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
The Beaulne family at the 29th annual community Christmas meal at Our Lady of the Rivers School in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
The Beaulne household on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
A family gets their photo taken with Santa at the 29th annual community Christmas meal at Our Lady of the Rivers School in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
A household will get their picture taken with Santa on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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A person on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Volunteers give out food to guests at the 29th annual community Christmas meal at Our Lady of the Rivers School in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Volunteers give out meals to company on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
Gladys Ladouceur at the 29th annual community Christmas meal at Our Lady of the Rivers School in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Gladys Ladouceur on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
People are served a Christmas meal at the 29th annual community Christmas meal at Our Lady of the Rivers School in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Persons are served a Christmas meal on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
People are served a Christmas meal at the 29th annual community Christmas meal at Our Lady of the Rivers School in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Persons are served a Christmas meal on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
People put pins in their home cities on a map at the 29th annual community Christmas meal at Our Lady of the Rivers School in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Individuals put pins of their dwelling cities on a map on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Father Jonnel Eucare speaks with folks on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community
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Persons are served a Christmas meal on the twenty ninth annual neighborhood Christmas meal at Our Girl of the Rivers College in Fort McMurray on Monday, December 25, 2023. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At this time/Postmedia Community

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