New organizers ready for 21st annual Revelstoke Community Christmas Dinner

Revelstoke's annual Community Christmas Dinner has a new team at the helm as it enters its 21st year.

Members of the Community Christmas Dinner organizing committee

Revelstoke’s annual Community Christmas Dinner has a new team at the helm as it enters its 21st year.

A large committee consisting of Stacie Byrne, Mary Chell, Michelle Cole, Heather Hood, Wally McKeown, Stephanie Melnyk, Lindsay Raftis, Matt Singh and Gary Sulz has come together to take over the affair from Ginger Shoji, who organized the dinner for the first 20 years.

“There’s so much she was doing,” said Cole. “I don’t think she realized how much she did to pull this off.”

Shoji started the Community Christmas Dinner 21 years ago as a place for people who were alone at Christmas to enjoy a meal with others. Over the years, it’s become a tradition for many in the community. It is billed as a “free turkey dinner for the whole community who may wish fellowship on Christmas Day.”

Once again, it’s taking place at the Ol’ Frontier. Owner Matt Singh donates the restaurant and his time on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to host the event.

The committee first met last January and has been getting things organized steadily since September. It’s been a matter of ordering the food, collection donations, sending out invites and finding out who needs meals delivered.

Each year, about 300 meals are prepared; 100 are delivered to people around the community who can’t make it to the restaurant.

To feed everyone, the committee has 15 turkeys, lots of hams, 140 pounds of potatoes and double the number of carrots and Brussel sprouts as in past years. Shoji has prepared a batch of her trademark cranberry sauce.

The committee gave thanks to the community for its support of the event.

“The reception has been amazing,” said Cole. “We had some really big cash donations this year, which made a huge difference.”

They are expecting about 50 volunteers to come out and help decorate, cook and serve the food, and deliver meals around town. Many of the volunteers have been helping out for a long time.

“We really appreciate those sorts of things,” said Sulz. “That’s what makes it continuous with us taking over, is the volunteers that have been there forever.”

The Community Christmas Dinner takes place at the Ol’ Frontier Restaurant on Christmas Day, from 1–3 p.m. If you need a ride, or want to help, call Stacie Byrne at 250-200-0022 or Stephanie Melnyk at 250-837-3432.


Just Posted

Revelstoke council to hear first proposed cannabis store application

Starbuds would be located at 109 Connaught Ave.

Revelstoke father and daughter venture abroad to teach English

Columbia is trying to increase the number of English speakers

Cost of propane decreasing for FortisBC customers in Revelstoke

Propane will decrease to its lowest rate in two years

Winter logging planned near Revelstoke due to fir beetle

Woodlot 1834 is harvesting near Flowdown trail in Mt. McPherson area

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Boeser scores 3, Pettersson has 5 points as Canucks hammer Blues

Vancouver picks up impressive 6-1 win in St. Louis

Cold case files: Murdered woman still unidentified after 44 years

Penticton RCMP releasing info on historical missing person and found human remains investigations

Okanagan Valley to see snow tonight

Environment Canada is calling for two-to-four centimetres of snow from Penticton to Salmon Arm

B.C. police stop drunk driver who offered up burger instead of ID

Roadblock checks over the weekend found at least two other impaired drivers

Being vegan during the holidays just got a little bit better

Cook up these delicious options during the holidays

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Update: Sicamous and Tumbler Ridge neck and neck in the Sled Town Showdown

Both communities in the final round have amassed over 10,000 votes

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

Most Read