Shannon Brogan is hosting a community Christmas dinner at Brogan’s Diner on Christmas Day. Courtesy Suzanne St-Germain

Shannon Brogan is hosting a community Christmas dinner at Brogan’s Diner on Christmas Day. Courtesy Suzanne St-Germain

Where to find community holiday feasts in Langley

A variety of groups are hosting free meals for the Langley community to fill up on.

No one in Langley has to go without a Christmas feast this year, thanks to local businesses, churches, and schools.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, Friends Langley Vineyard is hosting a free Christmas meal at 6 p.m. at 5708 Glover Rd. The dinner is open for everybody, and is free of charge.

For those that prefer pancakes and syrup to turkey and gravy, DW Poppy Secondary school is hosting the 3rd annual Santa Pancake Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 21 starting at 7:45 a.m. Breakfast is courtesy of the Fort Langley Lions, and donations will support the school’s breakfast program.

Two turkey dinners are being hosted on Christmas day–one at Brogan’s Diner at 20555 56 Ave. at 6 p.m., and the other at St. Joseph’s church hall at 20676 Fraser Hwy. at 5:30 p.m.

Brogan’s Diner asks the community to call the restaurant and reserve a spot in advance by phoning 604-532-0776. The dinner is by donation, but no one will be turned away if they are unable to donate.

Owner Shannon Brogan said it’s the restaurants second time hosting a community dinner on Christmas Day, and said it will become an annual event, simply so that “everyone can have Christmas.”

Brogan’s Christmas dinner will also host music, entertainment, and karaoke.

“Don’t miss it,” added Brogan. “Come out and have Christmas with us.”

St. Joseph’s dinner welcomes walk-ins and is free.

“It’s surprising how many people find themselves alone at Christmas,” said Deacon Dan Ritchie, an ordained minister at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

According to Ritchie, parish members and community volunteers have been preparing for the Christmas dinner since November.

Some will be cooking in the kitchen on Christmas morning, and others will be helping distribute the food and all the fixings in the evening.

Iris Ramsdale has been volunteering at the event for the past 12 years and is just one of the 100 volunteers who are dedicated to spreading their Christmas cheer.

“Everyone has a busy life, but many take this selfless time to serve those who have nothing but time, but no place to call home,” she added.

The night will also consist of eggnog and Christmas caroling.

If any attendees require transporation, church volunteers have offered to pick up and drop off those in need to the evening festivities.

“St. Joseph’s is a very warm, welcoming and giving community of people,” added Ramsdale.

If you’re interested in donating your time, or a frozen turkey, please contact the parish office at 604-534-3303.

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