|Doc Myles, left, celebrated part of Christmas Day at the Penticton Soupateria and was greeted by volunteer Kris Rusk with a plate of homemade cookies. The Soupateria, which operates 365 days of the year, hosts special sit-down dinners several times per year including Christmas, Boxing Day and New Years Day between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.|
We experienced humanity at its best on Christmas Day, one most people prefer to stay home on. About 30 volunteers were on hand to help with the Soupateria's annual Christmas dinner.
Some were there as early as 8 a.m. and with the last meal served at 12:30 p.m., the clean-up crew stayed a few additional hours. Others were out the night before getting ready.
It's one of three sit-down dinners that will be held this week (the others being
today and New Year's Day.) They were manned by volunteers.
We can't really say anything other than "wow" Ñ what an extraordinary group of individuals.
The list certainly doesn't end there. Others were visiting shut-ins and doing "pay it forward"-type activities.
We'd also like to acknowledge unsung heroes Ñ those who work on Dec. 25.
Police, fire, hydro, medical and all emergency services are on duty and a
cynic might say they're compensated financially, ultimately there's somewhere else they'd rather be on Christmas Day.
Convenience stores, gas stations, clergy, journalists, food services and members of Canada's junior hockey team, thank you for working the 25th and sacrificing time away from your families to help others.