The Kelowna Evangelical Mission is preparing to serve its annual Christmas dinner on Saturday, but it will be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Gospel Mission will serve hundreds of traditional holiday meals to people, including turkey, stuffing, ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls and pies.
Meals will be served to residents of the 60-bed shelter on Leon Avenue, as well as residents of the 40-bed emergency winter shelter located on Doyle Avenue, in the former Daily Courier building.
The Christmas dinner will be closed to the public this year to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.
The Gospel Mission outreach team will distribute approximately 400 dinners to those in need. Meals will be distributed to shelters of partner agencies, transitional housing and people living on the streets.
“I have just passed the course of six months leading the Kelowna Evangelical Mission and have never known a time when we are not in crisis,” said Kelowna Evangelical Mission Executive Director Carmen Rempel.
“We’re trying to help people find affordable housing, the opioid crisis and, of course, COVID-19. This Christmas it is more important than ever to make our residents feel connected and family. We are very grateful to our community for stepping up their giving to ensure that no one is left behind.
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