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For Challenge 65:

The Community Christmas Dinner, our tradition at Christmas every year since 1998 for my son and I. We are now organizer's of the event - and every year we serve more and more people - this year, 266 people total. Our town's population is close to 7000. We see more and more homeless in this small community every year. (We also serve a Friday Feast every Friday as part of our church's ministry).

The tradition for me means sharing with friends and family. The Community Christmas Dinner is hosted by our church and donors include local businesses such as grocery stores, drugstores, and restaurants, with everything from turkeys and hams to carryout containers, napkins, cups and plastic silverware. Individual donors give a lot of money so we can buy what the stores don't or cannot donate. This year marked the 10th Annual Community Christmas Dinner. This is the third year that I have organized the event with a lot of help from a lot of volunteers. I would name them all but most prefer to remain anonymous. The stores included Safeway, Harvest Market, Purity Market, Long's Drugs, Denny's Restaurant, the local Food Bank and Perko's Cafe.

The by far largest donor this year was Tom and Penny Honer's Harvest Market, with a $200.00 gift certificate that netted us ten pumpkin pies, one very large ham, six turkeys, celery, onions, dressing and some of the preparations for green bean casserole.

We see volunteers from every walk of life: from Jewish to Christian and non, come to help serve, deliver and help with cleanup every year. This has become our "family tradition" because we love to give in this way. Kids are given presents from under the tree by Santa, and some even stay to help with setting up the tables with new silverware when one group of people leave. It has become such a blessing; we have people playing music, singing, and it's like living in a very large family. ALL are welcome each year. This year, it was held December 23rd. :)
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Dec 24 2006 20:29 GMT Crowy
Wow!! Congratulations to you and your friends..
This is what Christmas should be about..
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good luck with the challenge..
Dec 24 2006 21:06 GMT FeatherBirdLady
thanks, Crowy. I am pleased at the outcome of this wonderful and blessed event. All the people that helped, all the wonderful food, music, friendships and good cheer....it abounds in a place like this......and I am honored to be a part of it. :)
Dec 25 2006 09:39 GMT FeatherBirdLady
You can always come to America and visit sometime! :)
Jan 01 2007 17:50 GMT FeatherBirdLady
Thanks, justju....been a busy busy busy last couple of weeks, with the dinner, then the two day long power outage...have been playing catchup ever since. Happy 2007!
Jan 12 2007 12:26 GMT Scarlett PRO
Congratulations for your honourable mention ! It's a fabulous photo !
Jan 12 2007 14:26 GMT mavik
Jan 12 2007 16:32 GMT FeatherBirdLady
Thanks so much! :) An Honorable Mention is a wonderful place to me! Thanks, everyone! :)
Jan 13 2007 04:38 GMT karlbark
Congratualtions on your honorable mention!
Well done!

Best regards,
Karl Trausti from Iceland
Jan 13 2007 15:12 GMT bojtorjan
Congratualtions on your honorable mention!
Well done!
Jan 13 2007 19:04 GMT FeatherBirdLady
Thanks again, everyone! I really appreciate the comments and the well-wishes. I am honored...and blessed beyond measure. :)
Jan 15 2007 19:39 GMT LizSA
OOhhh...wowow...great this is very nice....
congratulations.....and well done....!!
Jan 15 2007 19:46 GMT FeatherBirdLady
thanks, LizSA. :)
Jan 20 2007 00:18 GMT Mafernandes
Jan 20 2007 01:44 GMT FeatherBirdLady
thank you Mafernandes. :)