Ramsey helps out at Mission on Christmas Day

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The annual Christmas tradition continued at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission where the riding’s Member of Parliament came to help serve dinner.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey maintained the tradition this year, as she and members of her family attended the mission to help serve the people that turned out Christmas Day. Going to the mission on Christmas was something done by her predecessor Jeff Watson but Ramsey said her involvement with the mission actually began a few months ago.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey (second from left) joined volunteers at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission to help serve Christmas dinner.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey (second from left) joined volunteers at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission to help serve Christmas dinner.

“I came out at Thanksgiving,” she said. “I met (mission president) Tim (McAllister). We had a great time serving everyone and we decided to come back for Christmas.”

The new MP said assisting with Christmas at the mission was another way of helping out. She said the role of a Member of Parliament is to help the constituents.

“As an MP, that’s what I’m here to do,” said Ramsey.

The New Democrat said she plans on making helping at the mission on Christmas Day an annual tradition.

“Whenever Tim needs me here, we’ll be happy to lend a hand,” she said.

Ramsey said her husband’s aunt Lana Talbot is a long-time volunteer at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. Talbot estimated it has been about eight years that she has been volunteering and was drawn in by the sign that displays the mission’s “people helping people” motto.

“That sign is what got me in here,” she said, noting she also knows McAllister through church.

“I love the mission,” Talbot added. “I love the people.”

Mission president Tim McAllister said the Christmas Day dinner went over well again this year.

“Christmas was a beautiful  day at the mission. We served 120 meals,” said McAllister. “The mission would like to thank the community for their support.”

Talbot added a lot of people need assistance but are not always sure the level of help they require.

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission is located at 298 Victoria St. S. and can be reached at 519-736-9140. Their website is www.aburgmission.ca.

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