November 29, 2018: Christmas Day at the Carleton; 18th Annual Community Get-together.

November 29, 2018: Christmas Day at the Carleton;
18th Annual Community Get-together.

By Hintonburg Economic Development Committee.

The Carleton Tavern is once again hosting a free Christmas Day meal on December 25th.

Seventeen years ago, the owners of the Carleton Tavern wanted to ensure that Christmas was a wonderful day for those who might otherwise spend the day alone. They turned what might be a very sad and lonely day for hundreds of people into a day of music, good food and fellowship with neighbours and friends.

The Hintonburg Economic Development Committee has partnered with the Carleton Tavern on this event. Last year about a 1000 meals were served, either at the tavern, delivered to those who could not attend, or taken out for someone who could not come. At the end of the day the very small amount of food remaining was distributed to local rooming houses and the family shelter.

It really does take a village – 130 volunteers, 20 musicians, 30 businesses, several organizations and countless individuals who drive, deliver, bake, wait, or donate, to make this day a memorable one in Kitchissippi Ward. After 18 years, this memorable day has become a memorable tradition.

As always, making this day happen requires the whole community’s help. We need donations of: turkey, pre-cooked boneless ham, tortiere and home-baked goodies. Frozen turkeys should be dropped off to the Carleton 10 to 14 days before Christmas to allow time to thaw and cook the amount we need. Baking can be dropped off December 23 to 25.

We also need gifts of new, unused items (especially for men): gloves, hats, scarves, personal care items. We appreciate gift cards: Giant Tiger, coffee cards, certificates for food (Hintonburger, Pizza Pizza, Subway), phone cards, and movie passes. We need gifts for women, children, youth and also for pets.

We also really appreciate donations of gift bags – both gently used and new.

For information contact Cheryl 613-728-7582 or carletonxmasdinner@hotmail.ca or hedc@sympatico.ca .

So, whether you attend as a diner, a server, an entertainer or a volunteer, come and participate in the 18th Annual Christmas Day meal at the Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong at Parkdale, from 11am to 3pm December 25. Santa and Mrs. Claus look forward to seeing you there.

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