The organizer of Antigonish’s community Christmas dinner at St. James United Church says anyone from the community is welcome.
Natasha AlAwashez says there are a variety of reasons someone might come- they may not have someone with whom to sit and have Christmas dinner, it may be a financial issue, or they may want the community feel.
She says it’s all done by volunteers, with a combination of food and monetary donations.
AlAwashez tells The Hawk it’s a good feeling being able to help your fellow community members.
“It’s a really good sense of community,” she says. “It’s being able to come together and give something for people who maybe just don’t have that opportunity.”
AlAwashez says there was about 40-50 people when the dinner was first started; she’s been told to expect about 150 people this time around.
The dinner takes place at St. James United Church at 2 p.m. Christmas Day.