It was a time for good food and community as around 600 people gathered at the Dean Smith Youth Centre for Souls Harbour Rescue Mission’s annual Christmas meal on Saturday.
The donation-based dinner gives people, who might not have the opportunity, a warm Christmas meal and a gift — just in time for the holidays.
Patty Humphreys with Souls Harbour Rescue Mission said the event is meant to bring people together through comfort food.
“It really is a fun and joyous time to be together,” said Humphreys. “We have guests that come in together as a family or as a groups of friends, and they’re able to visit with each other and spend time in fellowship.”
Humphreys said that this dinner is a holiday tradition for lots of people.
“For many guests that come in for our meals, they’ve been coming for many years, and so we are their holiday tradition,” explained Humphreys. “For some, this is where they bring their families, where they see their friends — and for us to see them as well.”
For more than 12 years, Souls Harbour has hosted a community Christmas meal.
The feast is one of three community meals Souls Harbour hosts each year, and the second largest, after Thanksgiving.