FOCUS ON SENIORS: Serving up the holiday spirit for those in need

Opinion Dec 18, 2015 by Gary Chalk Brant News

Social services are important to the Grand River Council on Aging and a local restaurateur. 

“We support the eight domains identified by the World Health Organization that contribute to an age-friendly community,” said Lucy Marco, president of the Grand River Council on Aging.

“The provision of social services – including meals for people in need – is one of the domains of an age-friendly community. If it is good for seniors, it means it is also good for everybody throughout our community.” 

So as the Christmas season approaches, Marco is thrilled with an initiative by Wimpy’s Diner on King George Road in Brantford. 

For two years now, the popular restaurant that counts many families and seniors as customers has served up free Christmas meals to less fortunate citizens.  

“This year will be our second annual Charity Christmas Dinner at our Brantford store,” general manager Chelsea Bendik said.

“At our Hamilton store we have been doing it for four years now.”   

Bendik is quick to say that Nazbur Rahman, who owns the Wimpy’s stores in Brantford and Hamilton, is the inspiration behind the idea.

“Nazbur pays for everything from his own pockets,” she said.

“He puts his heart and soul into this.”

Each year staff closes the store a few hours early to prepare for their special guests.   

Later in the afternoon, Wimpy’s reopens and groups of diners are welcomed to enjoy a complete Christmas dinner. 

“It is a traditional Christmas dinner with turkey, stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, dessert and a drink,” Bendik said. “Santa also arrives with gifts for each of the children.

“Our customers contribute to our toy drive. And some help out during the event – they are wonderful. They collect tickets and clean tables. The event has grown so big we need their assistance.”

Last year, Wimpy’s in Brantford treated 400 people.

This year, the number will swell to 550 diners. At the Hamilton restaurant, they will serve almost 1,000 guests. 

Wimpy’s works with local agencies to identify the families who are invited to enjoy the complimentary Christmas dinner.

In Brantford they include Nova Vita, Friendship House, Victim Services, Rosewood House, Freedom House, St. Leonard’s, the City of Brantford, Wish Closet, Brant Family and Children’s Services and YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services.  

This year Wimpy’s annual Charity Christmas Dinner is set for Dec. 21. Plans are being made to have the mayor, police chief and fire chief attend. They will pitch in with the store staff, who come in on their own time. 

Rahman continually gives back to his community – whether it is in southern Ontario, or his native Bangladesh. 

He built a children’s orphanage in his hometown in Bangladesh where he was raised. His family operates the orphanage which he visits each year. 

“Nazbur is always helping people, including sponsoring children’s sporting events,” Bendik said. “Everyone at Wimpy’s Diner is proud to be able to organize the annual Charity Christmas Dinner.

“It is all about doing the right thing and ensuring that everyone is looked after for Christmas.” 

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) has developed a master aging plan for residents of Brantford and Brant based on the World Health organization’s age-friendly initiative that includes eight domains: housing, social participation, transportation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, outdoor spaces and recreation, and community support and health services. Contact Grand River Council on Aging at 519-754-0777, ext. 438, or online at www.grcoa.ca.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Serving up the holiday spirit for those in need

Wimpy’s Diner hosts annual Charity Christmas Dinner

Opinion Dec 18, 2015 by Gary Chalk Brant News

Social services are important to the Grand River Council on Aging and a local restaurateur. 

“We support the eight domains identified by the World Health Organization that contribute to an age-friendly community,” said Lucy Marco, president of the Grand River Council on Aging.

“The provision of social services – including meals for people in need – is one of the domains of an age-friendly community. If it is good for seniors, it means it is also good for everybody throughout our community.” 

So as the Christmas season approaches, Marco is thrilled with an initiative by Wimpy’s Diner on King George Road in Brantford. 

For two years now, the popular restaurant that counts many families and seniors as customers has served up free Christmas meals to less fortunate citizens.  

“This year will be our second annual Charity Christmas Dinner at our Brantford store,” general manager Chelsea Bendik said.

“At our Hamilton store we have been doing it for four years now.”   

Bendik is quick to say that Nazbur Rahman, who owns the Wimpy’s stores in Brantford and Hamilton, is the inspiration behind the idea.

“Nazbur pays for everything from his own pockets,” she said.

“He puts his heart and soul into this.”

Each year staff closes the store a few hours early to prepare for their special guests.   

Later in the afternoon, Wimpy’s reopens and groups of diners are welcomed to enjoy a complete Christmas dinner. 

“It is a traditional Christmas dinner with turkey, stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, dessert and a drink,” Bendik said. “Santa also arrives with gifts for each of the children.

“Our customers contribute to our toy drive. And some help out during the event – they are wonderful. They collect tickets and clean tables. The event has grown so big we need their assistance.”

Last year, Wimpy’s in Brantford treated 400 people.

This year, the number will swell to 550 diners. At the Hamilton restaurant, they will serve almost 1,000 guests. 

Wimpy’s works with local agencies to identify the families who are invited to enjoy the complimentary Christmas dinner.

In Brantford they include Nova Vita, Friendship House, Victim Services, Rosewood House, Freedom House, St. Leonard’s, the City of Brantford, Wish Closet, Brant Family and Children’s Services and YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services.  

This year Wimpy’s annual Charity Christmas Dinner is set for Dec. 21. Plans are being made to have the mayor, police chief and fire chief attend. They will pitch in with the store staff, who come in on their own time. 

Rahman continually gives back to his community – whether it is in southern Ontario, or his native Bangladesh. 

He built a children’s orphanage in his hometown in Bangladesh where he was raised. His family operates the orphanage which he visits each year. 

“Nazbur is always helping people, including sponsoring children’s sporting events,” Bendik said. “Everyone at Wimpy’s Diner is proud to be able to organize the annual Charity Christmas Dinner.

“It is all about doing the right thing and ensuring that everyone is looked after for Christmas.” 

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) has developed a master aging plan for residents of Brantford and Brant based on the World Health organization’s age-friendly initiative that includes eight domains: housing, social participation, transportation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, outdoor spaces and recreation, and community support and health services. Contact Grand River Council on Aging at 519-754-0777, ext. 438, or online at www.grcoa.ca.

FOCUS ON SENIORS: Serving up the holiday spirit for those in need

Wimpy’s Diner hosts annual Charity Christmas Dinner

Opinion Dec 18, 2015 by Gary Chalk Brant News

Social services are important to the Grand River Council on Aging and a local restaurateur. 

“We support the eight domains identified by the World Health Organization that contribute to an age-friendly community,” said Lucy Marco, president of the Grand River Council on Aging.

“The provision of social services – including meals for people in need – is one of the domains of an age-friendly community. If it is good for seniors, it means it is also good for everybody throughout our community.” 

So as the Christmas season approaches, Marco is thrilled with an initiative by Wimpy’s Diner on King George Road in Brantford. 

For two years now, the popular restaurant that counts many families and seniors as customers has served up free Christmas meals to less fortunate citizens.  

“This year will be our second annual Charity Christmas Dinner at our Brantford store,” general manager Chelsea Bendik said.

“At our Hamilton store we have been doing it for four years now.”   

Bendik is quick to say that Nazbur Rahman, who owns the Wimpy’s stores in Brantford and Hamilton, is the inspiration behind the idea.

“Nazbur pays for everything from his own pockets,” she said.

“He puts his heart and soul into this.”

Each year staff closes the store a few hours early to prepare for their special guests.   

Later in the afternoon, Wimpy’s reopens and groups of diners are welcomed to enjoy a complete Christmas dinner. 

“It is a traditional Christmas dinner with turkey, stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, dessert and a drink,” Bendik said. “Santa also arrives with gifts for each of the children.

“Our customers contribute to our toy drive. And some help out during the event – they are wonderful. They collect tickets and clean tables. The event has grown so big we need their assistance.”

Last year, Wimpy’s in Brantford treated 400 people.

This year, the number will swell to 550 diners. At the Hamilton restaurant, they will serve almost 1,000 guests. 

Wimpy’s works with local agencies to identify the families who are invited to enjoy the complimentary Christmas dinner.

In Brantford they include Nova Vita, Friendship House, Victim Services, Rosewood House, Freedom House, St. Leonard’s, the City of Brantford, Wish Closet, Brant Family and Children’s Services and YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services.  

This year Wimpy’s annual Charity Christmas Dinner is set for Dec. 21. Plans are being made to have the mayor, police chief and fire chief attend. They will pitch in with the store staff, who come in on their own time. 

Rahman continually gives back to his community – whether it is in southern Ontario, or his native Bangladesh. 

He built a children’s orphanage in his hometown in Bangladesh where he was raised. His family operates the orphanage which he visits each year. 

“Nazbur is always helping people, including sponsoring children’s sporting events,” Bendik said. “Everyone at Wimpy’s Diner is proud to be able to organize the annual Charity Christmas Dinner.

“It is all about doing the right thing and ensuring that everyone is looked after for Christmas.” 

The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA) has developed a master aging plan for residents of Brantford and Brant based on the World Health organization’s age-friendly initiative that includes eight domains: housing, social participation, transportation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, outdoor spaces and recreation, and community support and health services. Contact Grand River Council on Aging at 519-754-0777, ext. 438, or online at www.grcoa.ca.