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Ramsey maintains Christmas tradition at the mission

 

By Ron Giofu

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey maintained the tradition of the local Member of Parliament coming to serve meals at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

Ramsey was at the mission again on Christmas Day were she volunteered to help serve Christmas dinner to those who attended. She was joined this year by her son Max.

“I got to know (mission president) Tim (McAllister) and got to know what they are doing,” the Essex MP said.

After initially being invited early in her first year as an MP to serve Thanksgiving dinner, Ramsey started doing Christmas that year as well and has been doing it the three years since she was elected. She indicated that it is a partnership she enjoys.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey helped serve Christmas dinner at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. From left: Ramsey, Aisha Barry, mission president Tim McAllister, Ted Laporte and Wanda Lawhead.

“It’s a wonderful group of people who come to celebrate Christmas,” she said. “It’s a family here. Everyone knows each other.”

Ramsey added that she was happy to see the volunteers come together and help out that day as well.

“I think it’s a wonderful sense of community that Tim has built,” said Ramsey.

The objective is not just serving people food, she added, but also the ability to allow people to get together and enjoy Christmas with others.

“It’s about fellowship and having people get together and be a part of something,” she said.

“I believe in people helping people,” said McAllister. “I am not doing this alone as I have the support of the community and the volunteers.”

McAllister said the mission “lights up” every Christmas.

“You see that glow on people’s faces, both young and old, as they smile and interact with each other,” he said. “They are not alone on this day. Seeing this gives me the strength to do what I’m doing.”

Local church offers dinner to public to enjoy a late-Thankgiving or early-Christmas dinner

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Those who didn’t get a chance to enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal or those who may not get a chance to enjoy a healthy Christmas meal were fed recently.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church presented a turkey dinner for the public and served roughly 300 people, a number similar to what the church served in 2015. Rev. Tim Schneider said it was for those who may not have a chance to have holiday dinners.

ood Shepherd Church gave back to the community late last month with a turkey dinner that fed roughly 300 people. The diners lined up for the meal.

ood Shepherd Church gave back to the community late last month with a turkey dinner that fed roughly 300 people. The diners lined up for the meal.

“They can have it here with us,” he said.

The dinners have been presented since 1999 and are open to the public for all to enjoy.

“If anyone needs it, we don’t charge,” said church member and volunteer Diane Ochs. “We accept donations.”

Last Wednesday night’s dinner not only drew people from Amherstburg but Schneider said there was a strong showing from Windsor with some coming from as far as St. Thomas. He added they use about 24-32 volunteers to help out.

The dinner is paid for through donations with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church alternating back-and-forth each year between local causes and international causes.

ara Nejati and Nathan Krey were just two of the volunteers that helped serve the evening meal to those who stopped by.

ara Nejati and Nathan Krey were just two of the volunteers that helped serve the evening meal to those who stopped by.

Ochs said they have assisted projects ranging from hospitals in Tanzania to helping the Amherstburg Food Bank and Crisis Pregnancy Centre.

The church also offers a day care program, including an area for infants.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church also put floats into this year’s Santa Claus Parade.