Free Christmas turkey dinner

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Returning again this year on Christmas Day is a tradition of giving that exemplifies the North Dundas spirit of community and giving. The Winchester United Church will once again offer a free Christmas turkey dinner on December 25. This gesture continues to serve as a reminder of what the Christmas season is all about – love, generosity, and warm traditions. The free Christmas dinner is an annual tradition that has been going on for over 10 years.Heather Rose is a member of Winchester United Church who is responsible for coordinating the dinners. “Anybody and everybody has come in the past such as those who were alone and came with other friends, or individuals who came by themselves and sat at tables where they had the opportunity to share a meal and some great conversation on Christmas Day,” Heather told the Times when first explaining the dinners several years ago. “So really, our hope is that we can share a lot of joy with people and have the opportunity for anyone and everyone to come and enjoy a nutritious meal and, hopefully, also warm their heart with just the sharing of friendship and good conversation.”

The meal is not necessarily planned as an event for the less fortunate, but is rather a community-minded event. The meal provides the opportunity for community outreach and enjoyable conversation, both of which are what make it worthwhile to put on the free meal every year.

New this year is that a place setting of 50 seats will make dining in an option for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are excited to be able to open our doors to share a Christmas meal together in person,” Heather added. “The last few years, we celebrated Christmas differently with takeout dinners only. We are pleased that we have been able to continue to provide a turkey dinner with all the trimmings to the community during the pandemic. This year, we are excited to offer both dine in and takeout.” The takeout is still an option since seating is limited. 

Winchester United Church is located at 519 St. Lawrence Street in Winchester. All are welcome to come pick up a meal. As in previous years, all those who plan on stopping by are asked to reserve their meal by calling 613-774-2512. Thank you to all of our readers for another great year of connection with the amazing North Dundas community. Tis the season of joy, generosity, family, friends, love, and good spirits. Merry Christmas!

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