Hope Mission served up Christmas fun and food
Hope Mission in Edmonton and Calgary opened their doors to the community and invited families in for Christmas banquets.
For people experiencing homelessness and poverty, Christmas can be a lonely time of year. Many people are missing their families and feeling loss, pain, and hurt. At Christmas time, a meal becomes especially significant and not simply about food. Christmas meals provide warmth from the harsh winter, served with a smile and shared in a caring community.
Hope Mission offered itself as a beacon of comfort and peace. These annual Christmas banquets are Hope Mission’s way of bringing joy to those who are dealing with the tough realities of poverty and homelessness.
Guests were treated to a full holiday meal, with all the trimmings, and also served live music and entertainment. Kids and teens also had opportunities to make gingerbread houses, ice cookies, colour a variety of Christmas pictures, and play games like air hockey and pool.
The Christmas banquets had multiple seatings.
Serving up hope at the Jeanie Brown Christmas dinner
James H. Brown, along with his family and friends, brought hope to people in need by sponsoring Hope Mission’s second Christmas banquet in Edmonton.
More than 500 hungry men, women, and children were treated to a delicious holiday meal. Some 60 volunteers served heaping plates of hot food to guests as a live band filled the dining hall with music. Every guest that attended also received a $10 Tim Hortons gift card.
The gift cards, volunteers, and cost of the meal were generously coordinated and sponsored by James H. Brown in memory of his wife Jeanie who passed away last year.
About Hope Mission
Hope Mission is a Christian not-for-profit social care agency caring for men, women, youth, and children experiencing poverty across Alberta. In Edmonton, Hope Mission serves over 1,000 meals each day, and provides a safe place to sleep for about 500 people every night.