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Thanksgiving dinner brings smiles to Iqaluit

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Pictured above: Community members and store staff gather for a Thanksgiving feast in Iqaluit, NU.

Residents of Iqaluit, NU, will have a Thanksgiving Day to remember – one that included a warm, delicious dinner.

Iqaluit NorthMart store staff members brought joy to their community by giving away 300 Thanksgiving meals to those who otherwise may not have had a Thanksgiving dinner. The meals were very well received by residents of all ages, from children to Elders. 

Word about the dinner was spread through a Facebook post, which quickly garnered immense interest and engagement from residents and the town’s mayor.

Each meal included pineapple glazed ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, meatballs and gravy, stuffing and a slice of pumpkin or apple pie. Plans to prepare and distribute the 300 meals only surfaced on the Friday before Thanksgiving. The store staff happily did their best to prepare and pack the meals in just two days and have them ready for Thanksgiving Day. 

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Pictured above: Iqaluit residents gathering to pick up delicious Thanksgiving meals

Iqaluit NorthMart Store Manager John Kelly and his team were all motivated and grateful for the opportunity to spread positive energy by giving away meals for Thanksgiving.  

“To be present in the area as the dinners were being passed around was a real experience. The team bagged up the dinners and the pie and handed them out one by one, with a heartily ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ to each person. There were lots of laughs and conversations between the staff and the people picking up their Thanksgiving dinner. This reminded me of the importance of taking the time to give back. It's amazing to see how such a small group can make such a huge difference in the community,” said Kelly.