Dinner preparations well underway

Tyler Clarke
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Christmas Day Community Dinner co-ordinator Isabelle Impey joins Bernice Sayese Centre staffers Bianca Sanderson and Trevor Dubois in packing up more than $500 worth of toys for children attending the dinner. 

With the community banding together in support of the Christmas Day Community Dinner, the only real concern now is making sure those who should be there, are.


“I always worry about people who should be there, who don’t hear the information -- we want to make sure we reach them,” co-ordinator Isabelle Impey said.

“People have come through really well, but now we want to make sure that the ones who need to be there, that they call.”

The dinner is being held at St. Mary High School, with food served beginning at about noon, with everything free of charge to attendees.

Those attending range from those who cannot afford a Christmas Day dinner to those who would otherwise spend the day alone -- basically, anyone who would benefit from it is invited to come, Impey explained.

Rides will be available to those who need them, and meals will be delivered for those unable to come.

Prior to helping pack up a pile of children’s toys donated by the Bernice Sayese Centre on Tuesday, Impey took a moment to note how “fabulous” people have been in supporting this year’s dinner.

“As usual, Prince Albert has come through,” she concluded. “The volunteers are incredible -- I’ve had so many calling. I think we’ve got a lot of volunteers, and if we have all the commitments met by Christmas we’ll be close to having enough food.

“If somebody has an extra turkey or an extra ham or something -- it’s better to have too much than not enough.”

If there are any leftovers after everyone’s eaten on Christmas Day, extra food will be sent home to those in the community who are in need, with nothing wasted, Impey said.

I always worry about people who should be there, who don’t hear the information -- we want to make sure we reach them. Isabelle Impey

Tuesday’s Bernice Sayese Centre donation came as a result of a recent craft and bake sale, executive director Dawn Robins explained.

The proceeds usually go toward extra activities for the youth who use the Bernice Sayese Centre, such as goodies for those attending Raiders games, so the don’t “look down the aisle and see kids with popcorn and all those things, which isn’t in our budget,” Robins explained.

Raising more money at a recent craft and bake sale than expected, youth co-ordinator Bianca Sanderson decided to support the Christmas Day Community Dinner

“We’re involved with it every year – our family puts it on, and we found out that there were no donations for toys,” Sanderson said, adding that supporting the dinner was an easy decision.

The Christmas Day Community Dinner could use more toys to ensure that all of the children leave with a present, Impey said, noting that toys can be dropped off at the Bernice Sayese Centre.

Food donations can still be dropped off at 338 26th St. W., and financial donations in the form of cheques can be made payable to "2013 Community Christmas Dinner" c/o Isabelle Impey, 338 26th St. W., Prince Albert, S6V 4R3.

Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to call Impey at 306-922-3071.

On Christmas Day, people can call 960-7825 or 960-3023 for rides to the dinner, or to request the delivery of dinners.

Organizations: Bernice Sayese Centre, Prince Albert, Mary High School

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