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Boxing Day tradition giving food to the needy returns for 15th year

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A Boxing Day tradition is set to return to Court Street for the 15th consecutive year as volunteers deliver a hot Christmas dinner to those in need.

Regina Peniston, who organises the annual event, said she hopes to feed more than 100 people this year, although she said she was still looking for support.

“I think we are going to have a lot of demand this year with the economy and the job situation and stuff,” Ms Peniston said. “There are a lot of people who are in need around the island.”

While the annual event was typically held in the empty lot next to the Jamaican Grill, for the past two years volunteers have delivered food in an effort to ensure social distancing.

This year’s event will return to Court Street, with volunteers to be set up on the side walk and offering meals to go.

Ms Peniston said that MultiStrat Re has already agreed to step forward to sponsor the event again, along with Security Associates, while MarketPlace will prepare the food.

However she said she was still looking for additional sponsorship and volunteers to ensure the event will be able to reach as many people as possible.

“I like to see the smile on the people’s faces, particularly those who are homeless and in need of some help,” she said.

“Every day is a giving day, but Christmas is really a time to think, reflect and give back, I feel.”

Anyone interested in supporting the event through volunteering or donations can contact Ms Penistion at regina.red12@outlook.com or 704-0976.

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Published December 17, 2022 at 7:43 am (Updated December 17, 2022 at 7:43 am)

Boxing Day tradition giving food to the needy returns for 15th year

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