Community party gives back

Everyone is welcome to the Snooty Fox to support the Community Kitchen (Kayla Byrne/AQ)
Everyone is welcome to the Snooty Fox to support the Community Kitchen (Kayla Byrne/AQ)

“The thought of being homeless or going hungry really scares me. I can’t imagine being in that situation and in reality it could happen to anyone given the correct circumstances,” said Christopher Goodwin.

Whether it’s throwing a five sheet into one of those red Salvation Army buckets, donating to a food bank or volunteering for a local charity. There’s something about the holidays which makes people more inclined to do some good.

Goodwin is one of those people and he’s taking it one step further, for a second year in a row. He’s getting creative about helping out locals in need. He’s throwing one hell of a party, but instead of charging cover, Goodwin is asking attendants to pay with non-perishable food items. Anything raised by the event is going straight to Fredericton’s Community Kitchen.

When the owners of the Snooty Fox heard about Goodwin’s warm-hearted idea they offered up their restaurant as a venue.

This year’s affair will be jam-packed with friends, food, community and music. Goodwin was able to get some local acts to provide live entertainment. Tim Walker of Grand Theft Bus, Jeff Kennedy and The Josh Bravener trio quickly offered up their talents.

“I think people are so on board because it’s a great cause that most people have empathy towards. Plus,it has a great vibe to it, people get to hear great music while helping out the Community Kitchen,” said Goodwin.

The Fredericton Community Kitchen is a group who came together over 30 years ago to tackle the growing problem of hunger in the city. Fredericton’s poverty level isn’t as visible as other cities, but the Kitchen serves over 10,000 meals every month. The organization operates solely on fundraising and neighborhood support like Goodwin’s.

“I picked the Community Kitchen because this fundraiser will have an immediate impact on the people in our community that need food the most.”

Last year, local businesses made it possible for Goodwin to drop off 30 turkeys to the Kitchen. This year, Picaroons Brewtique is partnering with Goodwin. All the proceeds from any beer sold at the party will go to the cause.

“Organizing the event is going great mostly because of the help I get from everyone involved,” said Goodwin.

Jordan Carson is a local who is looking forward to the event.

“Well to get some food, beer and a live show you’re normally going to be paying well over $20. This is the same thing and all they’re asking for is whatever is kicking around your cupboards,” he said. “It doesn’t take much and it’s a great way to connect with people of the city all while supporting an important cause.”

This year’s event has been extended to five hours as oppose to last year’s three hours. Goodwin is looking forward to more music and hoping this will generate further support for the Community Kitchen.

“I think it is important to have events like this to bring attention to people who are going through some hard-times in their lives,” said Goodwin. “We take so much for granted and this is a just a little piece of the pie to help out.”

The party kicks off at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. Entrance is by donation.

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