An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until December 24, 2021
Close your eyes and imagine what Christmas would be like if you lived alone, with no one around to experience the holiday? How would it feel to sit alone and have a can beans for dinner while others celebrated with food, presents and each other.
For many people in our area that is the reality, which is why the Salvation Army Christmas Dinner is there. Volunteers try to bring the spirit of the holiday as well as company, food and presents to the almost 600 people normally served who would not have a Christmas without them.
They deliver meals to Office of Aging and Meals on Wheels recipients and others in need of a meal along with food, presents, and friendship to all we will deliver their Salvation Army meal. This year again, because of the outbreak of the new COVID, all meals will be delivered.
However, in order to make everything happen, volunteers and food are needed to help make the food, wrap presents, deliver to shut-ins and those in need.
Because so much food is consumed, donations are needed to keep from using too much of the Salvation Army’s foodstuff.
Also needed are presents for all ages, from babies to the elderly, as well as volunteers to prepare the food, wrap the presents, set the tables, cut up desserts, deliver the meals and help with serving and clean up.
Jessica Doubell, who has helped with the dinner for many years noted, “As a volunteer , I look forward to doing this every year, because it is really well organized, we have fun together and it feels good to help others.”
For those interested in helping or donating, please contact the chairman of the event, Lynne Newman at 717-263-2151 or 717-360-2407.
“This is my 31st year chairing this event and every year so many people who would not have a meal and a present are so appreciative of our efforts. Please make sure they will have a Christmas holiday.”