Tessa enjoys her new knitted toque after a spaghetti dinner in the FSJSS gym. The fundraiser dinner also included live music

Soup kitchen expansion a community effort

St. Patrick's Anglican Church is expanding the kitchen attached to the building used as a community soup kitchen.

After holding a yard sale and a spaghetti dinner to help raise more funds, the local soup kitchen reno is getting closer to completion.

On Sept. 22, a spaghetti dinner with a silent auction and live music raised over $4,700 towards the expansion of the local community soup kitchen which houses the lunch program once a week and the breakfast program. There were also long tables of knitting donated by Anglican Church women.

“It was amazing,” said Reverend Gwen Andrews. “Those who came were very, very generous.”

Andrews also said the Fort St. James Christian Outreach Group put it all together, and have been very grateful for the support of the businesses, volunteers, and those who attended their fundraiser.

The Outreach Group is comprised of members of the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and the Free Evangelical Church, all who help to run the Tuesday Lunch Program.

“It’s wonderful to see us all working together,” said Andrews.

The yard sale, dinner and private donations have raised over $8,000 for continuing the renovations.

The kitchen addition is to “lock-up” stage so far.

The latest funds will go towards completing the exterior with items such as siding, and exterior door, and other necessities like plumbing and heating, insulation and gyproc.

The electrical work is being generously donated by a local contractor.

The group hopes to have the expanded kitchen operational by mid-November and will be working to continue to raise funds for the final finishing work such as flooring and fixtures.

A deep freeze filled with a large amount of meat has also been donated by a Vanderhoof rancher.

Anyone interested in the project can contact Revered Andrews at 250-567-6744.


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