The ambience was warm and welcoming, with the space decorated in a thanksgiving theme with art work created by participants in CRC’s Art Drop-In.
The evening opened with words of welcome from CRC and grace by Rev. Karen Bowles of Rosedale United.
It was an opportunity for CRC to come together as one – Regent Park residents, tenants of 40 Oaks, participants, volunteers, and staff.
And the food was delicious.
Turkey, halal chicken, potatoes, stuffing and all the trimmings, vegetables, and a choice of apple or pumpkin pie made up the meal. Juice, soft drinks, tea, coffee were also served and each person who attended received a gift bag of apples and healthy granola bars.
“The food and service were better than you’d receive in a restaurant,” according to Maryan Koval’s’kys, a participant who came to the dinner. “And, nothing was expected of me other than for me to be happy. It was wonderful! In fact coming here to eat was only part of what was nice. It was also good to see and talk with others. When people who are disadvantaged come here, they don’t feel disadvantaged. They feel respected and make friends.”
Judging by the lively conversation and laughter, people did indeed enjoy the meal and the fellowship they had with each other.
Jennifer Wootton Regan organized the dinner on behalf of Rosedale United. Thank you Jennifer!
Rosedale provided a team of enthusiastic volunteers – youth and adults – who prepared and served the food. And, they were joined by volunteers from Bloor Street United. Thank you to both Rosedale and Bloor Street for their generousity.
A very special thank you to Compass Group Canada, Coca Cola, The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Scotia iTRADE, and Rosedale United Church for making our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner possible.
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