Dinner in Pictou offers Christmas celebrations for people in need

Amanda Jess
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PICTOU – A group of volunteers in Pictou made sure no one had to be alone or without dinner on Christmas.

Cathy Kennedy, centre, and her group of volunteers organized a free Christmas dinner in Pictou for anyone who might be alone on the holiday. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS

Cathy Kennedy organized a lunch and plenty of cheer at the New Horizons Community Club for anyone who needed a place to go for the holiday.

“My husband and I knew we’d be alone,” she said.

Rather than stay at home, she said, she thought she’d try to help others instead.

She’s not involved with the New Horizons club, but she decided it would be a good location to hold it.

They asked people to book in advance for the free meal, and they had approximately 20 people call.

It offers a chance for people to gather together, Kennedy said.

“It’s a lonely time of year. It’s hard on people.”

They also offered delivery meals for people that couldn’t get out.

Every year, St. George’s Anglican Church in New Glasgow offers a free Christmas dinner to anyone in need.

This was the first year for the dinner on the other side of the causeway.

“It’s a lonely time of year. It’s hard on people.” Cathy Kennedy

It was just as much an opportunity for volunteers to celebrate as it was for the guests.

“When people heard about it, they jumped right in,” she said about the help she’s received.   

She had more than 17 people offer to cook the turkey and all the fixings, prepare the festive table settings, and provide music.

Kenny Rocky was there to play the piano, while George Spalding strummed the guitar.

“We couldn’t do it without the others.”

Kennedy said she was very thankful for all the support, especially donations of food and money.

 

 

Amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

Organizations: New Horizons Community Club, Anglican Church

Geographic location: Pictou, New Horizons, New Glasgow

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