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Stranded airline passengers in Newfoundland were treated to Christmas dinner by strangers

A kind-hearted group of Newfoundlanders lived up to their reputation as some of the friendliest people in Canada on Christmas morning during what have been might be a bid to see themselves cast in Come From Away: Part 2.

I'm only kidding, of course — no sequel has been announced for the smash-hit musical about a small town's collective efforts to comfort some 7,000 airline passengers stranded by the events of September 11, 2001.

What happened in Deer Lake, Newfoundland, on Christmas Day 2019, however, is reminding many people of the real-life story that Come From Away is based upon.

newfoundland christmas dinner"My brother Dave and his wife Bonny, who were on their way to St. John's from Texas, were among 75 travellers who were diverted to Deer Lake, Newfoundland at 5 a.m/ Christmas morning due to weather," wrote a Facebook user named Robert Power in a now-viral post on December 26.

"Their flight to St. John's wasn't until 9 that night. They ended up being sent to the Holiday Inn Express, which doesn't even have a restaurant," he continued, noting that every restaurant and grocery store in town was closed for Christmas.

newfoundland christmas delaySo, in the spirit of the season, Deer Lake residents and The Salvation army left their own Christmas dinners to bring "food fit for a king" to the hotel.

The group of locals set up a massive buffet-style spread for all to enjoy — with lots of dessert options — and when they realized there weren't enough taxis in town to get everyone back to the airport in time for their flight, the people of Deer Lake organized a motorcade.

newfoundland christmas dinner"It was truly like 'A Come from Away Christmas,'" wrote Power. "That's what the season is all about. Hats off to the wonderful people of Deer Lake."

Hats off indeed to Deer Lake, and to all of Newfoundland and Labrador, which have once again been proven the most hospitable parts of Canada.

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Robert Power


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