PARRSBORO - No one should be alone for Christmas dinner and, in this town, no one has to be.
One local family has decided to put on a Christmas dinner for those in the community who are alone, or may not have family members to spend their day with. The event will take place at St. George's Anglican Church Hall on Sunday, Dec. 25 at noon.
Carolyn Henwood said she has thought about putting on such a dinner for years, and decided this was the time.
"I wanted to do it for years and just haven't been in that part of my life where I could do it," she said. "After Christmas last year I mentioned it to my family and everyone was very supportive, so they all came together to help. I have a great network of friends too."
While this time of year may conjure up warm memories and feelings of togetherness for many, Henwood pointed out that for some it can be the "loneliest day of the year," and said she has seen the need for this type of event in the past.
"I always felt at Christmas like going to town and pulling people off the streets," she said. "Being alone, I realize what it's like to be lonely at Christmas."
While it started out being aimed at just people who are alone, she pointed out that sometimes you can be with someone and still be alone, and even couple are welcome at the dinner. The Crossroads Co-Op has donated rolls and margarine for the occasion, while the rest of the food is being supplied her family, the Warrens.
Any leftover food will be donated to the Parrsboro and Area Food Bank, according to Henwood, who said she would like to see the dinner carry on every year and grow.
The turkey dinner will feature tables of four and eight, to create that family dinner atmosphere, she said. Christmas music will accompany the meal.
"I'm the type of person who likes to have the table full of people," she said. "For years we've been doing that, and this just feels like the family is getting bigger, because I consider the town should be a family. We're so small, we really should be looking out for each other."
Those planning to attend the dinner are asked to call Carolyn Henwood at 254-2442 and register by Dec. 23.