By Cecilia Nasmith
For so many years, the Ferguson family has appreciated how the Colborne community has been there for them in good times and bad.
Starting in 2015, they resolved to show their appreciation by making sure nobody has to be alone for Christmas dinner.
Matriarch Gail Ferguson has often described how the family pitches in year-round, saving their pennies and coming up with innovative ideas to basically put on a feast for anyone who wants to enjoy it. And while people are welcome to come just to share in the festive fellowship, their deepest hope is that nobody will be alone for Christmas dinner.
Fergusons of all ages gather each Christmas in the kitchen at the Colborne Legion to handle all the tasks, from peeling the vegetables to perfecting the savoury gravy, while guests mingle in the beautifully decorated dining room at tables set up with lovely linens and attractive centrepieces. By the time they trot out the steaming bins to set up the buffet they will be dishing out, spirits are soaring.
Darryl Ferguson is the family member who deserves the credit for coming up with the idea in 2015.
“We had 28 members of the community come out and enjoy a great meal and fellowship with others,” he said.
“That number has been growing to over 50, and last year we almost had to set up more tables and chairs to accommodate the turnout.
“No one should have to eat alone on Christmas Day. And together, members of my family look forward to creating an inviting atmosphere for everyone to be together and enjoy a meal.”
Once again, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 187 has donated the use of their hall at 92 King St. E., Colborne, for the occasion, so anyone who wants to enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner will be welcomed there at 4 p.m.
Again, there is no charge for the food – any donations received will be directed back to the Legion to further the good work they do in the community, but no donation is necessary.
All your hosts request is an RSVP to help them plan ahead. You can do this by giving Gail Ferguson a call at 905-375-7430.