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For many people Valentine’s Day includes planning a special meal for people we care about. The same is true at The Ottawa Mission. Every year, we work hard to make sure that those who are alone feel included on this special day. And we always have help from our generous community!

This year once again Mayor Jim Watson and members of City Council are front and centre on Friday, February 12, sponsoring our Valentine’s lunch, and personally serving the meal in our dining room at The Mission.

A delicious Valentine’s themed menu has been concocted – including heart-shaped pasta! – and there will be special dessert treats as well. And when word gets out that the Mayor and Councillors will be there, it gives everyone who is attending a real boost. It means a great deal to those coming in for a meal that people with very busy lives take the time to make this extra effort. It really lifts their spirits – especially during the long Winter months.

The Bible tells us to love our neighbour as ourselves, and the kindness and generosity of people like the Councillors in giving those in need a special day is a demonstration of the true spirit of loving your neighbour.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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