For some, it will be the only chance they have at a proper Christmas dinner.
St. Vincent De Paul will be opening its doors on Christmas day once again this year, with a full Christmas feast waiting for some of out city’s most vulnerable.
“It is the same as what we would be doing at home,” said Bernie Goold, who has been working with St. Vincent’s for 43 years.
The full meal will have all of the holiday staples, turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes and more.
She said last year, 146 dinners were given out – some by volunteers who delivered prepackaged meals into some of the encampments around the city.
This year, they are catering for 200.
“We are not 100% sure,” Goold said, “we anticipate somewhere from 125 to 160, but there is always leftovers, and there is always seconds.”
Volunteers are always in abundance for Christmas night, Goold was pleased to say, but if people are still wanting to help out, baked goods are always a great option.
“We have two seniors who bake us 12 to 14 beautiful pies and deliver them on Christmas morning.”