A Merry Soup’s On was had by all

An awesome group of volunteers hosted the Soups On which fell on Christmas Day and New Year's Day this year.

This year, Christmas Day fell on a Friday – our weekly Soup’s On day. So we asked our guests in the weeks prior to it if they were planning to attend the luncheon on Christmas Day.  And then the preparations got underway for our yearly turkey dinner with all the fixings.

Pastor Karel, Ginny, Mary and Lloyd from the Seventh Day Adventist Church agreed to join volunteers from St Alban’s in preparing this most special of meals for our guests. Plans were made, turkeys bought, potatoes and vegetables peeled, stuffing and gravy prepped, and desserts organized prior to the big day. And the day of celebration went off without a hitch and we served 90 people on the big day.

Along with the people who volunteered on Christmas Day, we wish to thank the Grand Central Cafe for donating their time and kitchen to cook the turkeys. There are many others to thank as well – Marina and Daniel, Alice and David, Jim D who carved all five turkeys and along with Daniel, did a stellar job of dishes and clean up. We are grateful for people with a heart for helping.

Next was New Year’s Day and none of the regular teams was available to do the luncheon on Jan 1st. An email went out and again, the response was encouraging. Many thanks to Corry, Doris and Paul, Maryann and Bob, Gloria and Al and Remi for making soups and desserts and spending the first day of their year having fun and hosting Soup’s On. Maybe we have a new team in the making  . . .

Throughout the year we have teams who volunteer on a regular basis hosting a Soup’s On luncheon for whom we are eternally grateful. If you have been thinking about becoming involved in your community through volunteering, please give me a call at 250 453-2022 and you will have the opportunity to become part of a team. You would be asked to volunteer one Friday approximately every six to eight weeks and you will find that it is as much fun hosting a luncheon as it is being a guest!

Again, many thanks and blessings to all the volunteers who keep this valuable community connections program going for our communities.

Martina Duncan

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