East end venue will dish out 500 turkey dinners
« We have such a big hall and it would be closed, so why not do something worthwhile? »
To paraphrase a man who shares the same name with a local bingo hall, "Ask not what Scarborough can do for you, ask what you can do for Scarborough."
Tomorrow, volunteers and staff at Kennedy Bingo (991 Kennedy Rd., south of Lawrence Avenue) and their sponsors are getting into the spirit of the season by suspending their regular games to feed the poor and homeless.
The hall plans to hand out complimentary turkey dinners with all the trimmings to at least 500 of the east end’s hungry from 1 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Giving back to the community is something the Kennedy crew has always done, says head manager David Timmins, adding that giving up a great deal of their Christmas Day so those less fortunate won’t spend it starving, freezing and alone is just one more way to do so.
"We have such a big hall and it would be closed, so why not do something worthwhile?" he says.
"It’s already in our nature to do volunteer work in the community and this is just an extra step."
So far, Kennedy Bingo has 20 volunteers on deck for the dinner, but Timmins says they could use extra hands.
If you want to help out, call 416-752-2635.