HANNA PETERSEN PHOTO Natasha Griffiths, Janey Henschke, and Lisa Harrison helped get the pies ready.

Salvation Army Christmas luncheon brings community together

“We couldn’t do it without these people.”

Smiles, hugs, laughter, and kids receiving presents were some of the things easily spotted at the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas luncheon.

Although the Salvation Army has been hosting a special Christmas luncheon for 10 years, Dec. 19 marked the second year the event was held in the Port Hardy Civic Centre.

“What’s happened was we didn’t have a big enough space to hold the people that were coming so we asked the Civic Centre if they would allow us and they donated the hall,” said Salvation Army’s Community Ministries Supervisor Michael Winter.

The event was so popular that more 140 people were in attendance by 12 o’clock, with the event running until two in the afternoon.

“We do it at lunch because we provide lunch Monday to Friday so we wanted to do a special Christmas lunch and that’s how it kind of sparked, but we have everyone involved,” said Winter, adding,“It’s the community that puts it on really – we couldn’t do it without these people.”

RELATED: Salvation Army in need of volunteers for Christmas Kettle Campaign

The Port Hardy Lions Club donated the use of the Civic Centre, Taziker’s Restaurant donated some their staff for the whole day in order to help prepare the food, and both The Bargain Store and Fields gave discounts for the presents that Santa gave out to children during the meal.

Over 100 presents were given out for kids of all different age groups.

“It is literally a community effort for the community,” said Winter adding, “So every part and every stage we work together for this one special day and the town gets to have this awesome time.”

Volunteers were dressed in Christmas sweaters, holiday music played, and people from throughout the community sat down together to share a full turkey dinner and dessert.

“There are people that may not feel good this time of year and we want them to know if they are facing challenges they are not alone,” said Winter, adding “There is someone there for them and we act as an extended family to provide support.”

Winter said the Christmas luncheon is similar to an expanded version of the regular lunch program at the Salvation Army, as they work to provide the same atmosphere of community support on a daily basis.

“I can’t describe it in words but the feeling is just amazing,” said Winter, adding “We want to highlight the community getting together, goodwill, kindness, and sharing.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

HANNA PETERSEN PHOTO Over 140 people attended the lunch by noon on Dec. 19.

HANNA PETERSEN PHOTO Many people from the community came together to enjoy a meal.

Just Posted

Lou Champis showing off his voting sticker. (Zoe Ducklow)
Port Hardy votes!

Checking in with local voters after the ballots have been cast

Drive-in movie at the Hyde Creek Petro Can. (Gaby Wickstrom/Facebook photo)
Gate House Theatre presents: Drive-in movies on Halloween weekend

‘As we work towards next year’s lineup of movies, we will begin to have themes’

BC Provincial Election candidates for the North Island riding. (Campbell River Mirror graphic)
VIDEO: Watch both Mount Waddington All-Candidate Forums before election day

General voting day will officially commence at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Email editor@northislandgazette.com and we will publish online and in print.
Homeless shelter should be open 24 hours a day in Port Hardy

‘Hopefully homeless people have somewhere to go during the day that is warm and dry’

File Photo
Planned power outage in Port Alice Oct. 27

BC Hydro crews to work from midnight to 4 a.m. replacing substation equipment

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

BC Liberals Leader Andrew Wilkinson, BC Greens Sonia Furstenau, BC NDP John Horgan (The Canadian Press photos)
British Columbians vote in snap election called during COVID-19 pandemic

At dissolution, the NDP and Liberals were tied with 41 seats in the legislature, while the Greens held two seats

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls has released a report on mental health and policing in the city. (File photos)
White Rock’s top cop wants to bill local health authority for lengthy mental-health calls

‘Suggestion’ included in nine-page review calling for ‘robust’ support for healthcare-led response

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

Green party Leader Sonia Furstenau arrives to announce her party’s election platform in New Westminster, B.C., on October 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Green party says it’s raised nearly $835,000 in 38 days

NDP Leader John Horgan is holding his final virtual campaign event

Most Read