Working Christmas at Kanes Kitchen can be emotional time for volunteers

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - Serving a Christmas meal to the needy can be both heartbreaking and joyful, volunteers at a local soup kitchen have learned.
John Doyle and Yvonne Dempsey are volunteers at Kane's Kitchen, a weekly soup kitchen run out of Immaculate Conception Church on Prince Street.
About 150 people make use of the soup kitchen even Wednesday at noon. That number is expected to soar to about 250 on Dec. 16 when the soup kitchen's annual Christmas meal will be served, beginning at 11:30 a.m. It is open to everyone in need of a hearty meal.
"It's emotional to see the number of people who come in but it's joyful to be able to help them," said Doyle of Truro, a volunteer with the initiative for about six years. "A lot of young people come for the Christmas meal ... and we have regulars. It's a social thing too."
Dempsey has been a volunteer with Kane's Kitchen for more than a year.
"I'm very proud we are able to do it. We are fortunate to have resources and help from the community," to provide a weekly soup kitchen and special meals such as the Christmas gathering said Dempsey, a resident of Upper Stewiacke.
"So many come to the (serving) window to say thank you and smile. For some it's the first hot meal they've had all week," she added.
Preparation for the Christmas meal - valued upwards of $1,000 - begins two days before the event and about 25 volunteers will be on hand to cook and serve that day. The meal will be roast pork with all the fixings and dessert. Santa will be present and candy bags will be distributed. Donations of candy are requested from the community so they can be bagged and given to people who attend the Christmas meal. Donations can be dropped off at the church office through the week.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Immaculate Conception Church

Geographic location: Prince Street, Upper Stewiacke

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  • Mae
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    This is a great thing to do to help others out,because everybody needs somebody.To put a smile on someone's face grabs a hold on one's heart