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UGM hosts its 69th Annual Christmas Dinner for over 3,000 homeless and struggling people on the Downtown Eastside

What: As is tradition, UGM will host its 69th annual scrumptious Christmas dinner for the hungry, hurting and homeless of the Downtown Eastside on Saturday, December 12.
When: Saturday, December 12, 2009, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Where: MAIN: Union Gospel Mission, 616 East Cordova Street
              OTHER LOCATIONS:

  • New Westminster Drop-in: 658 Clarkson Street (doors open at noon) 
  • Mission Drop-in: 33071 Railway Ave (doors open at noon) 
  • Maurice McElrea Place: 361 Heatley Ave 
About the Event    
Planned in coordination with other service providers, Union Gospel Mission serves its Christmas meal early in the month so as to not conflict with other community meals and to maximize on opportunities available to those on the Downtown Eastside. UGM will utilize the help of about 300 volunteers to serve over 3,000 people at numerous locations.
The Meal 

  • 130 turkeys (2,135 lbs)
  • 1,100 lbs of potatoes
  • 650 lbs of vegetables
  • 600 lbs of stuffing
  • 50 gallons of gravy
  • 225 lbs of cranberry sauce
  • 2,900 dinner rolls
  • 500 cherry pies
  • 3,000 scoops of ice cream  
  • 5,000 cups of hot coffee
Christmas at UGM
People can also help Union Gospel Mission help others by purchasing gifts of hope through the Christmas Catalog: www.ugm.ca/christmas, or by providing gift card donations to be including in Christmas hampers for hundreds of the Lower Mainland’s most needy families. 

Media Notes
The media is welcome to begin arrival at 9:30 am. At 10:15 am, there will be a limited number of video camera operators allowed in the eating area—one in the dining room and one in the kitchen. This is due to limited space and to minimize the stress it places on our guests. Times can be booked in advance, and are in 15-20 minute timeslots. Interviews with UGM spokespeople will be available throughout the day. Please sign in at the media tent upon arrival. Entry is easiest through the back gate. 

About UGM
Union Gospel Mission has been reaching the hungry, hurting and homeless for nearly 70 years. Through its 10 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to men, women, youth and children 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. UGM is a proud member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.  To find out more, visit www.ugm.ca.
07/12/2009
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