Fynn hoping to make the holidays a little more merry
Cooking up Christmas Cheer
AMHERST - When most are in their beds with visions of sugarplums in their heads, Beverly Fynn is going to be cooking up a storm.
The wife of obstetrician, Dr. John Fynn, she is single-handedly planning and preparing a Christmas dinner with all the fixings for all of those who are little down on their luck or may be alone on Christmas Day.
"This is something I have to do and something I want to do as a Christian," Fynn said while pouring over lists of things she'll need for the dinner that's set for 2 p.m. at the Amherst Fire Department on Tuesday, Dec. 25.
A native of Ghana, Fynn moved to Amherst from England with her husband just over a year ago. She loves her new hometown and wants to do something to make Christmas a little merrier for those not as fortunate.
"We have a good life here but there are some people who are not as fortunate. As a Christian, I believe that I should do something to help people enjoy the holidays a little more," she said.
She first came up with the idea after her family hosted a Thanksgiving party and had lots of leftovers. She thought there are a lot of people going hungry and that her efforts would be better spent helping those who could use a hot turkey dinner at Christmas.
She contacted her church, Crossroads Gospel Temple, and spoke to Rev. Jonathan Cole about her plan. She also talked to members of her family.
"At first my husband was a little skeptical but as I started looking for a place to hold it he came to realize how serious I am about it," she said. "My children have been amazing. They have put their birthday money towards this."
Since then, a number of companies have come on board with some support including a donation of turkeys from M&S Foods, juice from McDonald's and ham from Sobeys.
Fynn plans to do all the cooking and the meal will be served buffet style. She would appreciate any assistance people can give with cleanup afterwards and is hoping that lessons learned this year will help her next year.
She's not sure how many people will show up for dinner, but she's prepared to feed 200.