Volunteers preparing to bring Christmas to local families
Friday, 19 December 2014 17:30
Officials with St. James United Church in Antigonish say their Christmas dinner is in its fifth year.
One of the organizers, Betty Webber, says the church also hosts hot meals twice a week and the idea to organize an annual Christmas dinner came out of that.
Webber tells The Hawk the dinner is completely funded by donations and ran by volunteers.
"Before we even got started one man came along and handed me $100," she says. "I was so overwhelmed, and that was the beginning."
Webber says the community dinners are also a good was for people to connect.
"As much as the food that's provided it's the socialization that's so important," she says. "Many of these people are alone, and lonely, and this time of year especially."
Webber says they fed around 100 people at the dinner last year, and they are expecting more people to attend this year.
The dinner begins at 2 p.m. on Christmas day and everyone is welcome.
Volunteers with the Port Hawkesbury Seasonal Project are hard at work; they will deliver Christmas dinner to roughly 120 families in need Sunday.
They say that donations are down this year; volunteers say they can be dropped off at the Royal Bank branch or the Post Office in Port Hawkesbury.
Emergency department at St. Anne Centre closed over the holidays
Friday, 19 December 2014 16:35
Officials with St. Anne Community and Nursing Centre in Arichat have some emergency department closures to report.
They say the ER will be closed Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The department will be closed for the same hours on December 23 and again on the 30th.
The emergency department will also be closed on Christmas day at 7 a.m. until 7 a.m. December 26.
Officials say the reason for the closures is physician unavailability.
If you have an emergency you're asked to call 911 or visit St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish or the Cape Breton Regional Healthcare Complex in Sydney.