One of Fort Macleod’s oldest organizations will host the 2013 Community Christmas Dinner.
The Alberta Lodge No. 3 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, which is in its 127th year, has agreed to continue the dinner.
“We as Masons thought it was a perfect opportunity for us to get out in public and show we’re still part of the community,” Mason Brian Reach said.
Synergy Land Services started the Community Christmas Dinner three years ago, attracting hundreds of people each year to the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
When the company decided it would not host the dinner, instead starting an initiative to help the food bank, Henry and Bev Hagan approached the Masons about taking over.
“Everybody was on board,” Reach said of the response from the Masons. “They thought it was a great idea.”
The Order of the Eastern Star and Job’s Daughters also agreed to help with the Community Christmas Dinner.
“The entire Masonic family will be involved,” Reach said.
The Hagans for years hosted a free turkey dinner at their restaurant in Fort Macleod and later assisted Synergy with its dinner.
Representatives from the Masons have met with the Hagans to plan the 2014 Community Christmas Dinner.
Reach said the 2014 dinner will follow the same format as previous dinners.
The event is open to the entire community, with everyone invited to enjoy a free Christmas dinner from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.
“Everyone is invited,” Reach said.
Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance with a small gift for every child.
Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected for the Fort Macleod Food Bank.
Any money left over will be turned over to a non-profit group by the Masons.
“If we make anything it’s going to go back into the community,” Reach said.
The Masons have approached businesses that helped out in past.
“We’re still looking for help,” Reach added.
For information or to assist with the Community Christmas Dinner, phone Brian Reach at 403-634-2205 or Dave Gregory at 403-553-3078.