CORNWALL, Ontario – Darlene Walsh and Bernadette Blakely are making sure no one spends Christmas alone.
Come and enjoy the magic of the holidays at the second annual Cornwall Community Christmas Dinner, from noon to 2:30 p.m., on Friday, December 25, at the Agora Centre.
“I’m a nurse and I see a lot of people lonely around this time – and that’s a terrible thing, because it takes its toll on people,” said Walsh, who founded the local tradition with Blakely, otherwise known as her “right-hand woman.” “So we’re reaching out to our familiy, which is our community, to let people know we’re all cared about.”
The free event is open to the public and offers a festive dinner with turkey, dressing, and all the fixings as well as live music, gift draws, and crafts for children. Guests are invited to share their skills, such as singing and dancing.
Walsh and Blakely have been busy preparing the event, with the help of a committee of local church-goers, including members of St. Peter’s Parish and St. Columban Church.
In 2014, there were nearly 100 people in attendance. This year, organizers expect double the crowd.
Volunteers are still needed on Christmas Eve to help prepare the meal and during the day of event.
“We’re doing this out of the true spirit of Christmas,” said Blakely.
The Agora Centre is located at 301 McConnell Avenue in Cornwall. The venue is equipped with an elevator, for those who have difficulty climbing stairs.
For more information, including transportation arrangements, contact Darlene (613) 703-7696 or Bernadette (613) 935-4568.