For those who are on their own in Summerland, without family or close friends nearby, the festive season can be a lonely time of the year.
A new initiative by NeighbourLink will bring together people in the community for a holiday meal.
This year, NeighbourLink has introduced Summerland’s Great Christmas Match-Up to bring together those who wish to host others for the day and those who do not want to spend Christmas Day alone.
At various times in past years, various churches and businesses have hosted community Christmas dinners.
Mirjana Komljenovic, community coordinator for NeighbourLink said a similar event was considered, but during a recent NeighbourLink board meeting, the match-up concept was suggested as an alternative.
“We can link neighbours, and that’s what NeighbourLink is all about,” Komljenovic said.
Since the concept was introduced, several families have already offered to open up their homes for the day.
Those who participate are asked to provide information about the presence of pets, whether their home is smoke-free and whether alcohol will be served. This information is used to ensure a good match between hosts and guests.
Names will be accepted until Dec. 20. After that time, the hosts will contact the guests to make arrangements for the Dec. 25 meal.