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[Always] Toronto - free Christmas Day dinner. Carlton/Sherbourne. 9AM-4PM.

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[Always] Toronto - free Christmas Day dinner. Carlton/Sherbourne. 9AM-4PM.

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I volunteer here every year. They offer a free meal from 9AM-4PM for anybody who wants it. Buffet style. Turkey, chili, and lots more. Basically AYCE. There is always tons of food.

If you want to donate or volunteer please call Paul D, 416-444-6331. Location is Sacre Coeur Church, 381 Sherbourne Street.
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Let's remember that this freebie is for those less fortunate. You decide.
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threeflags wrote:
Dec 1st, 2011 11:45 am
Let's remember that this freebie is for those less fortunate.
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Thanks, I'm going to volunteer at this.
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Jimboski wrote:
Dec 1st, 2011 12:17 pm
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Thanked OP for making this thread!

I was thinking the same reaction as you guys... thinking "geeze, hope people don't take advantage of this to get a free meal" but, then I remembered that churches have free BBQs in the summer, and other activities. Personally I wouldn't go to this because it seems like it is for the needy at a gut level but I am curious to hear from Sprung since he has volunteered there before about what type of atmosphere it is. Like, do people go there after church service and have lunch?? or is it really more for the homeless people that live in the area?
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YLSF wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2011 10:39 am
I was thinking the same reaction as you guys... thinking "geeze, hope people don't take advantage of this to get a free meal" but, then I remembered that churches have free BBQs in the summer, and other activities. Personally I wouldn't go to this because it seems like it is for the needy at a gut level but I am curious to hear from Sprung since he has volunteered there before about what type of atmosphere it is. Like, do people go there after church service and have lunch?? or is it really more for the homeless people that live in the area?

it really is a mixture of people . Definitely some disenfranchised folks who live hardscrabble lives. But more recently I've seen some families with young children and other folks who just look like they might have had a few bad breaks. Everyone is most welcome. There is no religious aspect to it despite being a church. Folks come, eat, hang out. In previous years there has been some live entertainment so I would imagine that'd be the case again this time. There really is a whole bunch of food and folks are encouraged to eat, and take away, as much as they'd like. Other people come for the company. The Holidays can be lonely for many so being around other people can be very beneficial.

As for me, I volunteer year round with a variety of causes and it is an amazing way learn more about your fellow citizens , to network, and improve your resume.

Not to get too off topic but if you're looking to volunteer in Toronto this Holiday Season here are a few helpful links. Yes, I have dressed in the turkey suit for Second Harvest and will be doing so again next weekend ;)


http://www.ysm.ca/volunteers/groups/

http://www.goodshepherd.ca/how/info.html

http://www.volunteertoronto.ca/volunteers/

http://www.secondharvest.ca/volunteer-for-turkey-drive
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This seems dangerously close to promoting homeless shelters as a hot tip on free accommodation for you holiday in Toronto.

I see what you are getting at though. Anyone who could benefit from this shouldn't think there is any stigma in going(though there should be stigma if you treat this like a RFD meed up). It is also great to promote volunteering at this type of thing.
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BUMP - Happens today

there is another one Dec 26 that may need volunteers :

Festive Meal For Homeless

The Good Shepherd Centre will serve a roast beef dinner for 1,400 homeless and disadvantaged individuals.

Admission: Free
Where: , 412 Queen E, Toronto, goodshepherd.ca
When: Noon-2:30 pm
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I prefer to think of this as a community meal where everyone can come and get to know each other. It gives those who present a chance to socialise regardless of income or situation.

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