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About 100 Christmas Day meals served at the mission

Updated: Jan 9

January 10, 2024

The Christmas spirit was alive and well at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

The mission presented its annual free Christmas Day turkey dinner Dec. 25 with approximately 100 meals served. 

Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission president Tim McAllister said that included both in-person meals and take-out orders.

“I came in at 2 a.m. and prepared eight turkeys,” said McAllister. “I had a lot of volunteers show up. They helped prepare and serve the mashed potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, gravy and stuffing.”

Children, including grandchildren of McAllister and his wife Violet, helped serve salad and cranberries.

“It was joyous,” said McAllister. “Everyone was happy to be here. They were happy to do these things for the people.”

McAllister said those who were served meals were very appreciative.

“The people are excited and I’m excited,” said McAllister. “They are excited to see we care about them and want to help them.”

The entire team that helped serve the turkey dinners were thanked by McAllister.

“It’s all teamwork,” he said. “It’s all volunteers. They stepped up to support me and to support the people that need help.”

Volunteers also made an attempt to “beautify” the mission to help put people into the holiday spirit, he added.

McAllister said everyone did their part for the free Christmas Day turkey dinner.

“I can never take credit,” he said. “I just help. People just stepped up to help a worthy cause on the greatest day of the year – Christmas Day.”

For more information on the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission or to donate, call 519-736-9140, visit them at 298 Victoria St. S. or check out their website at

By Ron Giofu

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