School trustee Stan Petersen, a member of the Kiwanis Club, helps serve food during the Salvation Army’s Christmas luncheon on Thursday at the Abbotsford Banquet Hall. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

School trustee Stan Petersen, a member of the Kiwanis Club, helps serve food during the Salvation Army’s Christmas luncheon on Thursday at the Abbotsford Banquet Hall. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

More than 500 attend Salvation Army Christmas lunch

Annual event held Thursday afternooon in Abbotsford

Some 500 people attended the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas community luncheon on Thursday afternoon.

Guests at the event, held at the Abbotsford Banquet Hall on Laurel Street, included individuals who are homeless and those who can’t afford basic necessities such as food.

They enjoyed hot chocolate and entertainment by the Salvation Army’s Cascade Community Brass Band upon arrival, followed by a turkey feast with all the fixings.

Musicians Owen Vint and Noah Breitkreuz entertained during lunch.

Mayor Henry Braun and his wife Velma and Coun. Ross Siemens were among the dignitaries who served the lunch alongside the Salvation Army staff and volunteers.

Many community partners donated food for the meal as well as donations for the single hampers each attendee took home from the event.

 

The Salvation Army’s Cascade Community Brass Band greeted guests as they arrived at the agency’s Christmas luncheon on Thursday at the Abbotsford Banquet Hall. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

The Salvation Army’s Cascade Community Brass Band greeted guests as they arrived at the agency’s Christmas luncheon on Thursday at the Abbotsford Banquet Hall. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)