A Hamilton Christmas tradition continues with the Good Shepherd Christmas Dinner.
Starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, about 500 turkey dinners will be delivered at the organization’s Mary Street location.
The event looks a bit different again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the holiday news is distributed as takeout meals.
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Carmen Salciccioli, director of the food and shelter program for men Good morning hamilton tradition provides a much-needed boost for those in need this holiday season.
“There is no pre-registration, there is no eligibility,” says Salciccioli. “All people have to do is just show up at our doors.”
High turnout is expected, after more than 450 people attended the Good Shepherd Thanksgiving meal, compared to about 220 for the 2020 Christmas dinner.
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“Some of these people are alone,” says Salciccioli, who hopes the food will give them a “boost” to start the vacation.
The pandemic has highlighted Hamilton’s social challenges, including a lack of affordable housing and homelessness, illustrated by camps in city parks this year.
In a year without a pandemic, the Good Shepherd Christmas dinner is traditionally offered as a sit-down meal at the Hamilton Convention Center.
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