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When: December 23, 2012

What: Volunteers willing to donate time, food supplies OR money

Contact: Please call Netta Phillet at 454-7109 or phillet@shaw.ca.


More information:

On December 23rd we will be feeding up to 300 of our downtown neighbours: seniors who may live in Operation Friendship; women and men who live with chronic addictions and are cared for and housed at Urban Manor; younger men looking for work or having found some but still waiting for the first pay cheque. They are women fleeing abusive relationships, and young mothers and sometimes fathers and grand-parents with young children trying to make a new start for their families. Each and all live with challenges beyond what many of us may have ever experienced and therefore can’t understand, yet each and all are welcomed as sisters and brothers.

Every Sunday throughout the year the Inner City Pastoral Ministry offers this unique ministry of care and support to the
most vulnerable and needy in the city, in the Bissell Centre. After “church” they serve lunch, with our help, to a few hundred
very hungry and grateful people, both those who came to the service and those who waited outside.

A number of different churches make and help serve this lunch on a rotating basis, and once a year the Jewish community takes a turn. This year it will be on December 23. We need:

  • 10 helpers to work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
  • 90 loaves of sandwiches, egg or fish or meat;
  • 500 pieces of dessert;
  • approximately $250 for more desserts than are donated plus and fruit, raw vegetables and gallons of pickles (sweet and dill, they love pickles).

The amount of money needed is approximate because the more we have the more we can spend on “extras” like Mandarin oranges.

This last important food group was a bit neglected for a few years since we began doing this in our homes rather than in Beth
Shalom, but last year two wonderful women and one husband did prep too many kilos of carrots and celery at home, and they cannot be asked to do that again. I wonder if this year someone could buy fruit and vegetables and help organize 4 or 6 people to do it at BS or in someone’s kitchen? Might there be a youth group that would do it on the Saturday evening before?

There will be two drop-off locations for sandwiches and baking, one in the west end and one central. We will try to call everyone who has helped in the past, but if you contact us first that would save time.

Please call Netta Phillet at 454-7109 or phillet@shaw.ca.

We look forward to hearing from you.