Sheri Samson Young ladies from the Seventh Day Adventist Church hand out deserts at the free Christmas Eve luncheon sponsored by local churches.

Sheri Samson
Young ladies from the Seventh Day Adventist Church hand out deserts at the free Christmas Eve luncheon sponsored by local churches.

On Christmas Eve, a free luncheon was sponsored by some local churches, bringing the young and the old to gather in a warm place to share a full turkey dinner.

With plates loaded up with all the trimmings, the aromas alone were filling the Care and Share facility with the Christmas spirit. Decorations were as bright as the faces that came to share in the holiday feast.

Pastor Mike Fontaine expressed appreciation to each church represented and the individuals which came with donations of food, supplies and people to assist in serving and with the cleanup. “This is a group effort by the people of the First Southern Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Oasis Assembly, Trinity Temple Church, Seventh Day Adventist and the Presbyterian Church. We have teens to adults that have taken a role in seeing this meal successfully feed over 200 today. We’ve had a steady stream of people sharing in this special meal today and we are just having a blast.”

As adults shared tables with strangers, soon they were visiting like old friends. The young kids were enjoying the buttered rolls and especially the homemade macaroni and cheese. The lines kept filling up without an end of food in sight, as Christmas carols were being played and greetings were shared among everyone.

One elderly man stated he had nowhere else to go. He expressed his thanks by waving a hand in the air and repeating softly, “Blessings – blessings to each and every one of them for this.”