About 65 people celebrated Christmas together at the Rimbey Drop In Centre and a good time was had by all.
Organizer Gayle Rondeel said the event turned out to be a top notch, fun affair with plenty of food mixed in with lots of fun, laughter and good, old fashioned visiting thrown in.
“It was really enjoyable,” she said. “Everyone had a good time. People came for all kinds of reasons and they just had fun. And many of the volunteers were the same as last year.”
Volunteers cooked four 20-pound turkeys, two hams and all the trimmings that make a Christmas dinner special. Preparing the vegetables began Christmas Eve and Rondeel was back at the Drop In at 8:30 a.m. Christmas morning making sure preparations were underway.
She said volunteers pitched in to help and things went really well.
“It was a really nice atmosphere. Even when we discovered the corn was still in the freezer and it was almost time to eat, we just laughed. It was no big deal.” We made it work.”
Using the drop in centre for the Christmas dinner was a good idea, she said.
“They have the ovens there and the dishes and pots and pans. It makes it easier for sure.”
She said there was more than $800 left over from last year and Buist donated $250 this year to go towards expenses. A total of $535 was left in the donation box at the door.
“We certainly have enough left to do it next year,” she said.
Everyone who attended the dinner was encouraged to take packaged leftovers home.