The 7th Annual Community Christmas Dinner was a huge success this year, even with the challenges of the pandemic. In past years, the dinner has been a sit- down, social event held at the Peachland Legion, the first three years, and at the 50+ Activity Centre, the past three years. This year the organizing committee began planning early November and had fingers crossed the event would take place. As with most things in 2020, plans had to change, and a sit-down dinner was out of the question. The committee had to get their creative juices flowing and they quickly changed gears and planned a delivery and pick-up dinner for the Peachland community.
Even in “normal times” an event like this takes a lot of behind the scenes planning and organizing. This year was even more challenging. One major challenge in our small community was location when the original plan at the 50 Plus Activity Centre was suddenly removed as an option due to closure. We can’t thank the Peachland Legion enough for showing great community collaboration and gracefully offering the use of their kitchen and hall. The second challenge was how to have the meals delivered and picked up in a timely manner. All meals were reserved, and nine drivers volunteered to deliver 36 meals and 39 people opted to pick up their meals. Thankfully, things went smoothly!
One of the volunteer drivers, Susan Haglund, said:
“it was such a treat to be a volunteer driver for the Community Christmas Dinner! The highlight for me happened on my arrival at one home. This delightful woman came out on her porch, dressed up for the occasion, wearing a Santa hat and carrying her accordion. She told me that she needed to sing for her supper, then proceeded to play and sing a Christmas carol for me. What a thrill to be serenaded by this beautiful woman. She made my day.”
We are so happy that 75 Peachland residents received a delicious turkey dinner, with dressing, potatoes, veggies, gravy, condiments, and dessert. The meal was packed in a takeaway container, placed in a delivery bag along with a special gift for everyone.
Many thanks to everyone who made the 2020 Christmas Dinner such success. This event could not happen with out the generous the donation from a Ted & Donna Cave a Peachland couple who have provided the funding for the past seven years! We’d also like to give thanks to Effective Printing for providing the posters, as well as Cathy Mulvihill, Rotary Club of Peachland, and a local Sorority for donating and wrapping all the gifts. Finally, thank you to the 42 volunteers who gave their time on Christmas Day to prepare, assemble, deliver the dinner and to those who volunteered to clean up. You all made this year’s Community Christmas Dinner very special in a time that it was truly needed.