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A UGM Christmas – Over 3,000 meals to be served this Sat, just one of many Christmas activities at the mission this December

What:
This Saturday, Union Gospel Mission will serve its 73rd annual Christmas Dinner for the community. Put on with the help of over 200 volunteers, the event provides a delicious holiday meal amidst a joyful family setting, complete with live music and beautiful decorations. The meal is free of charge and occurs at two Vancouver locations and one in New Westminster.

When:
Saturday, December 7, 2013; 10:30am – 4:30pm (doors open at 10:00am)

Where:
    •    UGM’s Main Facility - 601 East Hastings (corner of Princess and Hastings)
    •    UGM’s Women & Family’s Centre – 616 East Cordova
    •    UGM New Westminster - 33071 Railway Ave (doors open at noon)

The Meal: 
    •    3,500 lbs of turkey (roughly 160 turkeys)
    •    800 lbs of mashed potatoes
    •    700 lbs of vegetables
    •    800 lbs of stuffing
    •    300 litres of gravy
    •    180 litres of cranberry sauce
    •    4,000 dinner rolls
    •    675 cherry pies
    •    400 litres of ice cream

Current Christmas-related stories 
1.Table for 2000

Elegant dinner meets Block Party as UGM partners with Glowbal Collection Restaurants (Tues. Dec. 17, 3:00PM)

2.Christmas Hampers 

Volunteers from companies and groups all over Vancouver help assemble large Christmas hampers for nearly 200 families in need in the community (occurring now and for the rest of the week)

3.On-going Cold Weather Items Collection
Items most needed are warm gloves and hats, waterproof coats, thermal/warm clothing for layering, warm boots and socks

4.Warning about charity fraud during Christmas

Door-to-door scammer claiming to be UGM employee asks for money https://www.ugm.ca/media-centre/potential-charity-scam-in-the-vancouver-area

Why:
UGM Chaplain Matt Hislop explains one of the many purposes behind the holiday dinner: “Christmas is often be a time where we look for purpose, so for those struggling with addiction, UGM is able to provide a safe space for that type of reflection. It also offers the immediate opportunity to seek help and take steps toward entering UGM’s comprehensive, live-in alcohol and drug recovery program.”

*To speak with someone who has been through UGM programs, please connect with us and we’d be happy to arrange an interview with someone who is willing and able to share a powerful story of life transformation. 

About UGM:
Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing lives of men, women, youth, and children for over 70 years. Through its 7 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. To learn more, visit www.ugm.ca.
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