As people prepare for the Christmas season, one of the biggest questions is what to do for dinner.
For well over 30 years, volunteers in Drumheller have been getting together to cook and serve turkey and all the trimmings to anyone, regardless of their circumstances, who doesn't have a dinner planned with family and friends.
"It started in the beginning with only a dozen or so guests in the first year and, I believe, last year we served over 400," recalled organizer Bob Sheddy. "We try to spruce up the (Yavis Family) Restaurant with white tablecloths and candlelight and put on a great community dinner."
Sheddy noted they had close to 40 volunteers in 2015, including cooks and other kitchen staff, waiters, bus people and drivers to deliver dinner to people and vice versa.
"I'd like to especially thank Kim Suntjens, who really goes all out right from December 1 until the event. She does a great job of gathering together all of the supplies that are needed and donations and organizing volunteers; I just can't thank her enough."
They served 452 Christmas dinners in 2015, which was about a 10 per cent increase over the previous year, and with the fragile economy Sheddy expects they will probably feed even more people this year.
"We just want to stress that this dinner is for anyone and everyone," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "If you want more details you can find us at Facebook.com, forward slash Santa's (Christmas Dinner."
If you would like to help this year, call Bob Sheddy at 403-823-2222. If you need to be picked up for dinner or to have it delivered to you, call Yavis Restaurant at 403-823-8317.