Gathering around the dinner table for a hot meal is a Thanksgiving tradition for most families, but it’s a luxury some others can’t afford.
The St. Vincent De Paul Society is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday for those in need. Local Volunteer, Livingstone Stephens may not be able to afford the basic necessities, but he still knows the value of giving his time to help others. “I know what it’s like not to have any food after rent is paid and all that and I understand how some of these people feel when they don’t have anything to eat.”
Volunteers are hard at work preparing for the feast. President of the St. Vincent De Paul Society, Joe Creegan calls it an event for the entire community. “It’s for people that are more custom to being on the street, to families that need a little help up, our usual clients, and working people as well to anyone who can just partake of it and needs that extra little help.”
Teams at the Society organize food hampers, while a shelf full of clothing and other items is ready to go. Meanwhile, culinary students at the College of New Caledonia are putting together the actual meal. First year student Kara Wickum, says it’s a great opportunity to further her education. “It’s a good way to apply all of the knowledge that we’ve learned in the past few months,” she said. “It’s going to feel pretty great, I’m quite proud that we’re doing it and I think it will make them feel quite happy.”
It will be a learning experience indeed. With 15 22-pound turkeys , 130 litres of gravy, 70 tubes of stuffing, and 250 pounds of mashed potatoes, the students are ready to serve more than 800 people.
The dinner goes this Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Auditorium on Ingledew Street.