The fifth annual Ladner Community Kitchen Christmas Dinner once again brought holiday cheer to some of South Delta’s less fortunate.
“Dinner went very well,” said organizer Jini Aroon, who runs the kitchen that provides free soup and sandwiches every Wednesday for the more than 70 people who use the South Delta Food Bank.
Every December, the community kitchen also hosts a Christmas dinner. Held Dec. 16, this year’s event saw about 80 people share a meal and a little holiday cheer.
Aroon said this year’s dinner started with a surprise performance from the Delta Police Pipe Band’s pipe major.
“He gave us a real treat,” she said.
Police Chief Jim Cessford and Deputy Chief Lyle Beaudoin volunteered again this year. As well, Diane Hansen, the chief’s assistant, led the singing of Christmas carols accompanied by Pat Rogers on piano.
About 20 volunteers served up a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
“I really want to thank the volunteers,” Aroon said. “They are the food angels, I call them.”
Thanks to many donations, the event featured a huge gift table that included something for everyone as well as door prizes.
The Ladner Community Kitchen, which opened its doors on Dec. 23, 2009, runs every Wednesday in cooperation with the South Delta Food Bank at the Ladner Christian Fellowship.