Servers dish out Christmas dinner.

Courtenay community gives back at Christmas

A free turkey dinner for approximately 200 guests

Janice Hayward

Special to the Record

At noon on Christmas Day, a free turkey dinner was served to approximately 200 guests at the Florence Filberg Centre.

It is a tradition that Earl Naswell began 32 years ago and it is still going strong under the direction of Rob James. Families and individuals who cannot afford Christmas dinner or who are alone for Christmas benefit from the Comox Valley’s generosity.

Chef Dale Patterson and his helpers prepared 24 turkeys, eight hams, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables and gravy. Dinner also included tea, coffee, juice, and donated desserts.

Guests were greeted at the door, seated at the festively decorated tables, and served by volunteers. Including second servings and take-out (for those physically not able to come), close to 350 meals were provided.

A Tibetan prayer by Geshe YongDong, founder of the Tibetan Bon Buddhist Centre, preceded dinner, and for the children Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand to present gifts.

“There is hope in the world for peace.  If we can get together at this level we can do anything,” said one gentleman enjoying Christmas dinner.

James, the current organizer, said that all this could not happen without the generous donations from the more than 40 businesses and individuals who donated money and food, and the time volunteers donated to cook, set up, serve and clean up.

Rod Volk volunteers because he cares.

“Everybody deserves something,” he said.


Just Posted

Mount Washington zip line nearing completion

Once finished, the line will be the longest and steepest zip line on Vancouver Island

PHOTOS: Vancouver Island MusicFest revisited

This year’s lineup included Colin James, Tom Cochrane and lots more

Peninsula Co-op hosting matching gift campaign for BC Cancer Foundation

Company will match donations up to $75,000 for Vancouver Island residents battling cancer

Comox Valley military museum could be closed for a couple of months

HMCS Alberni site suffered water damage during a recent downpour

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

Fortis encourages transition to CNG, RNG

Commercial transportation is the largest contributor to B.C.’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions… Continue reading

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

Cars keyed on BC Ferries after alarms bother dog on board

Delta police arrested one passenger on suspicion of mischief

Most Read