THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Michael Winter reads the ticket numbers for the door prizes.

PHOTOS: Salvation Army’s luncheon brings a blast of Christmas spirit to the North Island

North Islanders, around 300, filled the Island Copper Room as they enjoyed lunch and dessert.

Port Hardy’s civic centre echoed with laughter as North Island locals had smiles on their faces during Salvation Army’s Christmas luncheon.

Salvation Army’s Mount Waddington Community Ministry put on their annual Christmas luncheon for locals on Dec. 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Over 300 North Islanders showed up to the annual event.

The event included a free lunch, dessert, and door prizes. Children were able to share their Christmas wishes as Santa Claus showed up shortly after the luncheon started all while Santa’s elf handed out presents. A group of musicians also came together to put on some live Christmas music as well.

Michael Winter, Community Ministries Supervisor for Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Resource Centre, said that Salvation Army has “been doing it every year, but what happened is it grew and grew and got so big we ended up using the civic centre.”

“It’s a blessed time,” he added, “and we’re blessed to be a part of it. It’s really a community effort. Everyone pitches in and helps.”

View the photo gallery:

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

 

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Two volunteers were happy to hand out tickets for meals and dessert.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO 300 North Island locals showed up at Salvation Army’s lunch.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO A band of musicians came together to put on some Christmas music.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO A harmonica, drums, guitars and singing made for good holiday songs.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Volunteers take a break from handing out coffee and juice.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO A full plate of lunch.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Numerous volunteers from local organizations came out to help.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Volunteers preparing the refreshments.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Locals enjoying their lunch.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO After lunch, locals also enjoyed apple pie with whip cream on top.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Santa Claus came to visit the kids while the elf happily handed out Christmas gifts.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Former Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw councillor Ernie Henderson and Port Hardy RCMP officer Paul Starr.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Children waited eagerly in a line up to tell Santa their Christmas wishes.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO Port Hardy Christian Fellowship’s pastor George Ewald and local Jim Ling watch on as the band plays.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO North Island families enjoy a meal together.

THOMAS KERVIN PHOTO The Island Copper Room was packed as North Island locals enjoyed the festivities.

Just Posted

COVID-19: North Islanders bang pots and pans to honour essential workers

‘Hopefully we can keep it going for them because these people are showing up at work every day for us’

Bradshaw’s Photo Highlight: Juvenile eagle

‘I was able to drive up close to it and get a few pictures without getting out of the truck’

Port Hardy Secondary School’s 2019-2020 wrestling season

Both Lamothe and Speck thanked Cleary for volunteering his time to sponsor the program.

First government licensed cannabis shop on Vancouver Island celebrates one year in business

‘I’m really happy we’re here giving the public what they want’

Fire Chefs give back to community with one free meal a day to those who are in need

Fire Chefs will offer one free meal from 3:30 until 4:30 on the days they are open to those in need.

‘We will get through this’: B.C. sees new COVID-19 death, but 57% have recovered

A total of 1,066 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Couple celebrates 61st anniversary through Vancouver Island seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

A look at some of the B.C. inventors creating life-saving tools in fight against COVID-19

Groups across B.C. are working together to create what they hope will help people affected by the pandemic

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

Belle from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ entertains home-bound kids in Cowichan Bay

Alora Killam, 16, played the part in musical two years ago

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

Some April Fool’s Day jokes bring much-needed laughter; others tone deaf to COVID-19

Police are warning the public not to use the ongoing pandemic as a punchline

Most Read