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Pictured (L to R): Dan Lange, Manager, Heritage Co-op Food Store in Brandon and Ross Robinson, Executive Director of The John Howard Society of Brandon

Sunrise Credit Union, Partners Support Christmas Dinner Program

December 7, 2020

Brandon, Manitoba – Sunrise Credit Union has partnered with Brandon’s three other credit unions by purchasing $2,000 worth of turkeys supporting a Christmas Dinner initiative this holiday season.

Everyone Eats Brandon has taken on the challenge of providing over 3,150 Christmas Dinners this year. Typically, Westman Traditional Christmas Dinner serves these meals, but the model needed adjustment due to the pandemic.

“We hope that with this donation of turkeys, more people in our area can enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner,” said Tim Klassen, President & CEO of Sunrise Credit Union. “We’d like to commend the organizations involved and the countless volunteers who have made Everyone Eats Brandon a reality this year.”

Gladden Smith from the Westman Traditional Dinner says that Brandon businesses and residents are still eager to donate food and their time. “Even in these unprecedented times with COVID-19 having such a devastating impact on so many, we are still coming together to make sure no one goes without a nice hot meal on Christmas Day; it makes me so happy and proud to live in such a wonderful caring community.”

This year’s dinner will rely on the help of several different community groups and volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer, you can call 204-571-8524.

Registration for the meal has begun. Those wanting to book a meal can visit www.everyoneeatsbrandon.ca or call 204-571-8524.

About Everyone Eats Brandon
Everyone Eats Brandon is a not-for-profit community initiative developed in partnership with the Brandon Food Council, John Howard Society, Brandon University Food Services and Assiniboine Community College in response to increasing rates of food insecurity, nutrition insecurity and food waste. Their mission is to provide top quality, nutritionally balanced meals at a price point that everyone can afford so that there are no barriers to good food.

About Westman Traditional Christmas Dinner
The first dinner was started in 1985 by Rocky Addison, his family, and a few close friends. About 30 people attended the inaugural dinner at a small church. It outgrew the church's capacity and moved, first to the Prairie Oasis Senior Centre and then to The Victoria Inn. In 2019, the Westman Traditional Christmas Dinner delivered 2,200 meals to shut-ins and served 2,300 meals to those in attendance.

About Sunrise Credit Union
Sunrise Credit Union formed in 2008 and now offers personalized service from 20 branches located in Baldur, Boissevain, Brandon, Cypress River, Deloraine, Grandview, Hartney, Holland, Laurier, Melita, Minnedosa, Oakburn, Reston, Sandy Lake, Shoal Lake, Ste. Rose du lac, Strathclair, Treherne, Virden, and Waskada. Sunrise Credit Union has approximately 34,000 members and about 240 employees.