Hundreds of people poured into the First Baptist Church on the Bypass starting at 1 p.m. to share in the free community “Christmas Dinner Served with Love.”
Church volunteers, from middle school age and up, served the guests at the tables, bringing heaping plates, drinks and even desserts to each person. A table full of breads for guests to take home was donated by Panera Bread restaurant.
Last year nearly 700 people ate the traditional dinner – turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, cole slaw, green beans and a roll – and this year’s crowd looked like it was going to be close to that number as well.
Home Meals Delivery partnered with the church to make sure Christmas dinners also were delivered to people who could not get out. The church provided rides to the dinner if a person didn’t have transportation.