Christmas Haven dinner open to everybody

Published by Christopher Sun
Posted Dec 17, 2014

Christmas can be lonely for those unable to spend it with friends and family, but a free community event helps ease that loneliness for at least one evening.

Christmas Haven's 17th annual dinner is being held at The ACT on Christmas Eve, a non-denominational event bringing the community together. Last year, 300 people, made up of individuals, families and seniors, attended.

"There is a warm turkey dinner, Christmas carolling, children activities, and a special somebody will arrive of course," said organizer Corisa Bell, referring to the jolly, bearded man in red. "It's a really special evening."

Christmas Haven is open to everybody, not just those who can't afford to have a nice holiday feast, Bell added, explaining she started volunteering for the event after participating as part of the entertainment years ago. The Salvation Army is catering the event, and a team of about 70 volunteers help make the event run smoothly.

Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and no reservation is required. The last seating takes place at 7:30 p.m. There will also be free taxi service for those needing a ride, which needs to be arranged in advance by calling 604-465-8085.

The annual event costs about $6,500 to stage and Bell said they are still fundraising. Donations are being accepted at Tempations Salon in Haney Place Mall, and at the leisure centre. Donations of warm toques and mitts are also being accepted for children and adults in need.