A total of 411 served at Christmas dinner
Once again, the Community Christmas Dinner was a huge success, with more than 400 dinners served, according to dinner organizer Freda Galer.
Approximately 401 people were served at Thursday’s dinner, which was in its second year at the Evangel United Methodist Family Life Center after being held for several years at St. Dominic Parish Hall. Galer said an additional 10 dinners were delivered to people who were unable to make it to the dinner.
“It was great,” she said of attendance at the dinner. “For most of the day, the tables were full. If you were in a group of three or more, you were lucky if you could get a seat together.”
A total of 44 volunteers helped serve the dinner, with three people who were “assigned to just carry-outs” during serving time, Galer said.
“On Thanksgiving, it was really rush, rush, rush, because we didn’t have enough help. On Thursday, we had plenty,” she added.
Galer also noted that not much food was left over — a sure sign that no one who came to the dinner went away hungry.
“We were cutting it pretty close,” she said. “We had a cup and a half of salad and half a cup of corn left, and the sweet potatoes were gone.”
In previous years, rough totals for the number of dinners served at the Christmas Day event were 416 dinners in 2013 — the dinner’s first year at the Family Life Center — compared with about 300 dinners in 2012, 310 dinners in 2011, 305 dinners in 2010, 189 dinners in 2009, 303 dinners in 2008 and 266 dinners in 2007.
Cash donations are still being accepted to help defray the dinner’s costs; contact Galer at 364-4160 or Francis DeVader at 364-2507 for more information.