The Union Gospel Mission’s annual Christmas meal is as soon as once more warming the hearts of individuals in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Practically 200 volunteers had been up early Saturday morning cooking 1000’s of kilos of traditional Christmas dishes corresponding to turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy.
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It’s estimated between 2,500 and three,000 folks will eat a Christmas dinner at Vancouver Union Gospel Mission.
“I haven’t had a Christmas dinner for 5 years,” stated attendee Darrin Lloyd.
“I’ve been dwelling on the road for 5 years, often I don’t get something.”
The mission stated it cooked greater than 1,800 kilos of turkey, 800 kilos of mashed potatoes, 250 litres of gravy, 800 kilos of greens and 575 pies.
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“Christmas symbolizes love and connection,” Dean Kurpjuweit stated, Union Gospel Mission’s new president.
“I’m honoured to be right here for this unimaginable Christmas meal that infuses pleasure into the group and lets folks know that they matter and belong right here.”
The non-profit charity stated it’s vital for the group to carry most of these occasions throughout the vacation season, as it may be a troublesome time of 12 months with heightened ranges of isolation and loneliness.
The Union Gospel Mission supplies emergency shelter, meals, outreach, profession improvement counselling, schooling, protected and inexpensive housing, and dependancy restoration to these combating poverty, homelessness and dependancy.
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