“Right now we have less than 100 tickets that have been given out, and with the amount of food that needs to be purchased, and the amount of planning that’s involved; it wouldn’t be an event if there was only 75 people,” project chair for the Senior’s Christmas Supper, Jeanette Johnston said.
Johnston explains the supper, included with live entertainment and tickets draws are all a way of expressing admiration towards the senior community.
“We respect and feel gratitude to the seniors that are here – it’s our way of just basically saying thank you to them for everything they had done in the past for our community.”
The entire event is supported by volunteers across the community, including the supper donated by Save On Foods, school buses to pick up attendees donated by SD 60, Santa hats donated by the City of Fort St. John, and the service/clean-up free of charge thanks to the Fort St. John Huskies.
However, Johnston says there is a need for donations from local businesses in regard to draw prizes, as the Kin Club of Fort St. John has set a goal to purchase gifts for every senior in attendance but at this point is approximately $5,000 short and has only two business sponsors.
“If anybody wants to help out with the event, like if they’re wanting to either donate for the presents that we had requested or if anybody just wants to help out the day of, they can give me a call and I would be happy to give them the information they need,” Johnston said.
Johnston and the Kin Club can be reached at 250 785 6434.
The Senior’s Christmas Supper is being held at the Taylor Community Hall, Wednesday December 3 with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. and dinner served at 6:00 p.m.
The donated buses are picking up attendees at the Peace Lutheran apartment complex, while Johnston says she’s looking into whether a second pick-up at the Heritage apartment complex is also feasible.