A Christmas tradition maintained

Opinion

To the Editor:

For the last number of years the Abercrombie Volunteer Fire Department have been providing the seniors in the Abercrombie community with a free Christmas Dinner at the fire hall. This was always a very enjoyable occasion which enabled seniors to get together with their neighbours and have fun while receiving a traditional meal of turkey and all the fixings and receive an update about the fire department activities.

With the advent of COVID-19 pandemic with its health restrictions limiting this type of event, it was apparent to many of us seniors that this was not going to happen, however we should have not worried as the Abercrombie firefighters were not going to be defeated by COVID from providing this traditional event. If we could not meet and eat in the fire hall, they would cook and provide a takeout service for us, which is what they did. From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. the meals were ready to be collected from the hall and it was even delivered for those not able to collect their meal. We picked up ours and ate it with our close friends in the comfort of their home and it was most enjoyable.

We cannot thank the volunteer firefighters enough for providing this Christmas Dinner and showing the community seniors that in addition to our safety they care about ensuring that the traditions of Christmas are maintained despite the COVID pandemic. MANY THANKS TO THEM ALL.

Roger and Mel Swarbrick

Abercrombie