Community Dinner set for Thursday

The 33rd annual Community Christmas Dinner is taking place this week, Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Eagles Hall in Cranbrook.

If it takes a village to raise a child, as Hillary Clinton once noted, a village can also serve a dinner.

The 33rd annual Community Christmas Dinner is taking place this week, Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Eagles Hall in Cranbrook (711 Kootenay St. North). The event is hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays and a long list of generous Community Partners.

For the past 32 years more than 400 people have been served a traditional holiday meal with all the trimmings. Teams of volunteers gather from all walks of life to serve and help out. The doors open at 4:30 p.m.,and dinner is served at 5:30 pm. Santa himself arrives at 6:30 p.m.

“Santa tells us he can’t wait to attend again this year, and has promised to spread lots of joy and good cheer — especially when he is connecting with the kids,” the CMHA for the Kootenays said in a press release.

The event will include holiday music by the House of Hope choir and Pastor Reg Friesen and his band from Alliance Church.

“Volunteer positions are full, but if you are interested in donating cash or gifts, please call Elaina or Laurie H. at 250-426-5222,” the CMHA said.

Partners include Regional District of East Kootenay; Falkins Insurance; Fraternal Order of Eagles; Royal Canadian Legion No. 24 and the Legion Ladies Auxiliary; Cranbrook Search & Rescue; Cranbrook Bugle Band; Dairy Queen; Knight & Co; Cranbrook Dodge, McDonald’s and many more.

“Year after year volunteers and businesses contribute to make this community event a huge success; without them, this fun gathering would not be possible.”

CMHA for the Kootenays is a multi-service, charitable, non-profit organization delivering services throughout the Kootenays.

“We are successful in the delivery of our many programs and services because of the huge support we get from individuals, businesses, and communities. We want to take this opportunity to say Thank You again to each of our volunteers, supporters, donors, and sponsors.”