Volunteers preparing Christmas Eve dinner for St. Peter’s hospice
(Photo: sxc.hu.com/Eduardo Siqueira Filho)
ALBANY, N.Y. – For the tenth straight year, a Christmas Eve dinner will be provided to the families and loved ones at the Inn at St. Peter's hospice.
A dedicated group of volunteers will make and deliver the dinner to the Inn.
The dinner is held in honor of the late Rev. Beth Dewey, a Baptist minister who died of acute myeloid leukemia.
The dinner started in 2003, after a dinner amongst friends on Christmas Eve. There was so much food left over that all the hospice residents were invited to join.
One couple that joined was grateful because they had eaten only vending machine food for two weeks, being too busy at the hospice to cook or go out.
It was with that realization that the dinner became a staple at the hospice, and it has since become an interfaith community project.
The food for the turkey dinner is donated and prepared by volunteers. Saratoga Springs' temple Sinai's Slice of Heaven Bakery provides the homemade bread; the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Rotterdam Junction bakes cookies, Adirondack Chapter VFP members help to cook and deliver the food. This year the Dennison Farm in Schaghticoke donated the vegetables for the meal.