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Donations, volunteers needed for Christmas dinner

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Organizers of the Community Christmas Dinner are in need of two things to help make the annual event merry and bright.

Chairpersons Joyce Fitzwater and Angelina Ball and other committee members who have been finalizing details for the day are issuing a call-out for volunteers and donated desserts.

This year’s dinner will be served noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 25 in the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church, 1905 Lebanon Road. The event includes a traditional meal of ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, noodles, stuffing, vegetables, assorted desserts, beverages and more. Santa Claus always stops in to visit.

Organizers anticipate serving more than 1,100 meals. Home delivery is again available this year and will be done before serving starts at the church. It is a large part of this event, accounting for 65-70% of the meals served.

“If your church, club, school or any restaurant or food provider would want to bake and donate, we would really appreciate and can pick up if needed,” Fitzwater said.

Dessert donations may be dropped off at the church Dec. 23, Dec. 24 or Christmas morning.

Organizers also need volunteers to help with the food preparations, decorating and setting up the dining room on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24. They also need cooks, servers, hosts and a clean-up crew on Christmas Day. To volunteer, donate items or need to have donations picked up, call 765-366-2341.

To volunteer to deliver meals, call Linda at 765-362-5650 or Joyce at 765-366-2341. Also call this number for home delivery.

Financial donations may be mailed to MCCCD at 1008 E. Market St., Crawfordsville, IN 47933. For more information, call 765-366-2341.

All are welcome to attend.

“This dinner is for the community whether you no longer have the space to have your family together, have no family, are having difficult times, traveling through, whatever the situation, we want you to come,” Fitzwater said. “It has become a great meeting of old friends that have now become family.”

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