The 3rd annual Bridgewater Community Christmas dinner was a roaring success!
This event continues to warm the hearts and stomaches of individuals in Bridgewater and Area. Over 200 volunteers came forward to feed 420 people a delicious turkey or vegetarian meal with all the trimmings. Park View Education Centre graciously hosted the event, and we are grateful for their staff and student contributions. We would also like to acknowledge the students at NSCC’s Culinary Arts Program, who cooked over 400 lbs of turkey for us again!
The dinner attracts people from all walks of life who come to volunteer and celebrate together. Many stayed for the two-hour event to enjoy entertainment, conversation with new friends and a children’s choir who offered a few carols. This year we were again able to deliver or send home 20 meals to individuals who were not able to come out to the dinner. We are pleased to state that much of the food and equipment to put on this large event was sourced locally, and much of it was generously contributed through donations from individuals, organizations and businesses.
The Bridgewater Community Christmas strengthens links, relationships and resiliency of the community. This is apparent by the abundant resources made available to support the event and the natural desire of neighbours to serve each other. We see the potential in our community to continue to give throughout the year in a variety of ways. Proceeds from the event will be donated to local community-building initiatives.
We would like to thank all of our volunteers who made the day happen and over 80 individuals, businesses, and community-based organizations who provided in-kind and monetary donations.
Brian Braganza & Cate de Vreede
on behalf of the Bridgewater Community Christmas Society