Community Christmas dinner for Chilliwack

"Christmas is all about giving," said Alexandria Di Battista, owner of Smoking Deals Auto.

The folks at Smoking Deals Auto

The folks at Smoking Deals Auto

A free Community Christmas Dinner for 200 people is on offer Friday at Evergreen Hall in Chilliwack.

The folks at Smoking Deals Auto in Chilliwack believe that everyone, no matter what their circumstances, should be able to have a nice Christmas Dinner.

“Christmas is all about giving,” said Alexandria Di Battista, owner of Smoking Deals Auto. “It’s about gathering together and feeding people.”

The dinner offer is being extended to anyone who is having a hard time financially who needs a festive meal, whether it’s the working poor, those on assistance, or homeless.

“We did pretty good this past year, and we want to give back to the community,” she said. “Feeding people is filling a basic need.”

Gifts and buying all kinds of material things can only go so far, during the Christmas season. Plus helping the community at this time of year is the right thing to do, and it is also a bit of a family tradition, she said.

“We thought we would do something different this year,” said Di Battista. “It’s easy to just buy something. It’s more intimate to host a dinner.”

Di Battista, along with Smoking Deals manager Clayton Eheler and Tyler McInnes, have been putting the event details together, along with plans to give away some prizes in a draw at the dinner, to be catered by Gloria’s Diner on Friday night.

Community Christmas Dinner, Dec. 20 at 4:30 p.m. at Evergreen Hall.

Free dinner tickets are available at the door.