By: Julie Maclean
Women and family and children’s program joined forces again this year for the annual Christmas banquet. We were excited to invite the children’s families and had activities lined up for the children and the parents.
Our afternoon began with a poem about the Regent Park revitalization and a prayer. Markers, stickers, baubles, boughs and berries were laid on top of paper table clothes so everyone could draw, decorate and make festive holiday centrepieces to take home.
We had an amazing volunteer group of friends and families who bought, prepared and served our food. The children wanted to help. They asked for hair nets and distributed stickers. Everyone enjoyed making their own tacos and ice cream sundaes. One special volunteer and her mum brought in delicious homemade Christmas cookies. They have been joining us for years and look forward to meeting old friends annually!
The food was a new taste treat for one mother from Afghanistan. Her daughters loved the tacos and she decided that she is going to try making them at home. Our volunteers dined with us and made new friends. It was such a warm and friendly environment.