A Christmas celebration for Ukrainian newcomers was held Sunday at St. Andrew's United Church. The supper was for new and longtime Ukrainian families in the Moose Jaw area, who have been communicating via the Ukraine help and exchange in Moose Jaw Facebook page, which now has 441 members.

Local volunteer Christy Schweiger helped to organize the event.

"That's the beauty of our community. We have people with giving hearts. It's always been there but a tragedy like this has brought a lot of community members together in organizing a supper."

Roughly 80 people turned out for the Christmas celebration.

"What was particularly striking was seeing the children all getting together with smiles and laughs," added Schweiger. "Many of the parents of those children said they were just so pleased to see how happy the kids were."

Ukrainian Santa also made a visit to the church, and gifts were provided to the children.

Ukrainian Christmas is celebrated on January 7, however Schweiger says the newcomers were very excited about the idea of celebrating in December.

The leftover food from the event will be donated to help feed the city's homeless population.

Ukrainian Christmas Moose JawAbout 80 people attended the event