Organizers hope to double the size of Community Christmas Dinner

Monday, December 17, 2007
Carolers lift their voices to, and the spirits of, those who attended the first Community Christmas Dinner in 2006. (Democrat-News)

Most people, if they've done something, and done a bang-up job the first time, will look back admiringly and say, "Wow, that went great, didn't it?"

That's what most people would do, but the people who brought you the Community Holiday Dinner last year are not "most people."

Instead of resting on their laurels with the successful dinner for 200 last year, they've decided to do the whole thing again ... but make it twice as big this time.

That's where you come in.

Pam Whitney, Melanie Elfrink and the rest of their crew can't do it alone. When First Methodist Church opens its doors for the dinner, they're going to need more than the 10 volunteers signed up right now.

If you want to be a part of this special dinner as a volunteer or as a guest on Saturday, Dec. 22, call the city office at (660) 886-2225, the Methodist Church at (660) 886-9697 or Melanie Elfrink at (660) 886-3837.

The dinner is open to anyone who wants to come, but anyone with few or no family members nearby for the holiday or who just wants to be with others to share Christmas carols, a visit from Santa Claus and a wonderful meal is especially welcome.

If you are unable to come to the church, your meal will be delivered to you.

Deliveries will begin at 11 a.m.; the sit-down dinner will be served at noon.

And in the true spirit of Christmas sharing, it doesn't cost a thing.

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