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City’s Homeless Population to Feast on Christmas Dinner

December 24, 2012 7:12 AM | News

By David Klassen

Siloam Mission volunteers prepare a Thanksgiving dinner for patrons earlier this year. (HOWARD WONG PHOTO / FILE)

Hundreds of volunteers at Siloam Mission are working in the kitchen today to prepare a noon hour Christmas dinner.

Guests of the homeless shelter will feast on the annual meal, featuring a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings.

The shelter is expecting to feed between 500-700 men and women of the inner-city’s homeless population.

Every person attending the dinner will also get stockings stuffed with treats and hygiene items. People staying in the overnight emergency shelter will wake up on Christmas Day with a backpack full of hygiene items, socks and treats beside their bed thanks to a donation by E-Care Contact Centres in Winnipeg.

“For many people living on the streets Christmas can be a lonely day,” said Floyd Perras, executive director of Siloam Mission. “We want to make Christmas special for them. We want our guests to feel like they are celebrating Christmas at home, surrounded by people that love them.”