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Turkey dinner will be served on Christmas Day at the Clarke's Beach Pentecostal church for those who are spending the holiday alone.
Turkey dinner will be served on Christmas Day at the Clarke's Beach Pentecostal church for those who are spending the holiday alone.

No one should be alone on Christmas. That’s the motivation behind an event being hosted by Pastors David and Kathy Crane from Clarke’s Beach.

On Christmas Day, the Cranes will make a turkey dinner with all the fixings and host a meal for those in the region that may be spending the holiday alone. It will take place in the basement of the Clarke’s Beach Pentecostal Church, where the couple works.

“My wife and I are hosting a dinner for anyone who wants to come,” David, who is originally from Upper Island Cove, explained. “Of course it’s for anybody who is single, or single with children, or anyone who is alone by themselves and have nobody to share Christmas with.”

The couple previously organized a similar event at their previous church. This will be the first for them in Clarke’s Beach, where they’ve been working since August.

When asked why, the answer was simple.

“Just the spirit of Christmas,” David explained. “We felt that it’s not a good time for people to be alone and Christmas is kind of a special time.”

Although it’s being held in the church, he wanted people to be aware it’s not a church event or about religious affiliation or beliefs.

“It’s not a church service. We have lots of time for church,” he explained. “This is going to be a dinner and some fellowship so you don’t have to sit by yourself.”

The church basement has a capacity of 75 people. There are currently about 20 people signed up to attend. Because of space constraints and getting enough food, the Cranes need people to register their attendance by Sunday.

“There are no barriers for those interested in attending,” David noted. “I don’t care how rough you are, I don’t care how rich you are. It has nothing to do with financial capability at all. We just don’t want you to be alone on Christmas.”

But that is not the only event the Cranes are doing. The help pack a hamper project is another.

The difference between this project and other hampers is the pastors will hand pick people they feel might be in need of a Christmas blessing.

“There are no calls, no inquiries,” David said. “People just jump on the wagon (with donations) and let me do the work.”

The reason he decided to do it this way is because he feels there is a market for others that may not meet the criteria for hampers from other organizations.

“Religion, denomination, lifestyle, it doesn’t make a difference,” he explained.

The recipients of the hampers will be in communities between Upper Island Cove and Makinsons. They won’t be aware they are receiving them until they arrive.

It’s all about giving and sharing, David said. Although he expects there to be little response for the projects this year, they’re something he expects to grow over time.

“People in our town need to know that somebody cares,” he exclaimed. “And more importantly, they need to know the church cares.”

If you will be alone on Christmas and would like to register for the dinner, call the church at 786-7815 or 786-6962. It will take place at noon on Christmas Day.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

On Christmas Day, the Cranes will make a turkey dinner with all the fixings and host a meal for those in the region that may be spending the holiday alone. It will take place in the basement of the Clarke’s Beach Pentecostal Church, where the couple works.

“My wife and I are hosting a dinner for anyone who wants to come,” David, who is originally from Upper Island Cove, explained. “Of course it’s for anybody who is single, or single with children, or anyone who is alone by themselves and have nobody to share Christmas with.”

The couple previously organized a similar event at their previous church. This will be the first for them in Clarke’s Beach, where they’ve been working since August.

When asked why, the answer was simple.

“Just the spirit of Christmas,” David explained. “We felt that it’s not a good time for people to be alone and Christmas is kind of a special time.”

Although it’s being held in the church, he wanted people to be aware it’s not a church event or about religious affiliation or beliefs.

“It’s not a church service. We have lots of time for church,” he explained. “This is going to be a dinner and some fellowship so you don’t have to sit by yourself.”

The church basement has a capacity of 75 people. There are currently about 20 people signed up to attend. Because of space constraints and getting enough food, the Cranes need people to register their attendance by Sunday.

“There are no barriers for those interested in attending,” David noted. “I don’t care how rough you are, I don’t care how rich you are. It has nothing to do with financial capability at all. We just don’t want you to be alone on Christmas.”

But that is not the only event the Cranes are doing. The help pack a hamper project is another.

The difference between this project and other hampers is the pastors will hand pick people they feel might be in need of a Christmas blessing.

“There are no calls, no inquiries,” David said. “People just jump on the wagon (with donations) and let me do the work.”

The reason he decided to do it this way is because he feels there is a market for others that may not meet the criteria for hampers from other organizations.

“Religion, denomination, lifestyle, it doesn’t make a difference,” he explained.

The recipients of the hampers will be in communities between Upper Island Cove and Makinsons. They won’t be aware they are receiving them until they arrive.

It’s all about giving and sharing, David said. Although he expects there to be little response for the projects this year, they’re something he expects to grow over time.

“People in our town need to know that somebody cares,” he exclaimed. “And more importantly, they need to know the church cares.”

If you will be alone on Christmas and would like to register for the dinner, call the church at 786-7815 or 786-6962. It will take place at noon on Christmas Day.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

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