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Helping Hands cooking up some Christmas cheer

Masha Scheele

Tickets for this year’s Community Christmas Eve Dinner have been going quick, with early indications that the event will draw significantly more people than in 2018.

Last year the free dinner welcomed 90 community members, but organizers with Hinton’s Helping Hands hopes to see at least 150 people come through the doors this year at The Venue in the valley.

Taking on a different approach when it comes to distributing tickets, the Hinton Library, the Share Shop, and FCSS were instructed to only give out tickets to those who asked in order to attract the people who plan to attend.

“We have space for 170 people, we put out a 150 tickets. We asked people to not give them out to anybody and wait until they ask,” said Tia Weber, 

Hinton Helping Hands has organized the dinner for three years in a row now, raising funds for the event through their second mud run on June 8 this year.

“This year we really didn’t have to do much fundraising at all because the mud run generates a lot of money for it. That’s why we call it Hinton’s dirtiest fundraiser,” said Weber.

Families were asked to register their children’s ages and names in order to provide appropriate gifts for them at the dinner. Gifts are then labelled so that Santa Claus and his elf can give each child the right one.

Last year, the food bank received around 80 packages of leftover food to give out and any extra food will go to the food bank again this year.

Hinton’s Helping Hands was also able to provide Santa’s Anonymous with some extra gifts.

Entertainment will be part of the evening and a full turkey dinner will be served for the community. Jo-Ka Taxi is providing rides home for anybody that needs one.

Doors open at 5 pm and dinner is served at 6 pm. Hinton Helping Hands is solely run by a group of volunteers and they’re always looking for more. For more about the community dinner and about the group in general, please visit their Facebook page.