Communities in Southwest Missouri Host Christmas Dinners | KSNF / KODE
SOUTHWEST MISSOURI – Community dinners were held in Neosho and Lamar on Christmas Day.
Volunteers hosted a dinner for nearly 600 people in Neosho as part of KNOE Radio’s annual Community Christmas Dinner at the Civic.
Prior to dinner at the Civic, approximately 300 take-out meals were sent out into the community to those in need.
“We had people who came to us and said, ‘If we could have meals, we know a family here in the area who are not going to have a meal today and since your drivers cannot be there. to go so far in the aisle to have the food delivered, we will come and collect the meals and bring them to those families as well, ”said Mark Taylor, CEO of KNEO-FM. “There’s a lot of variation on how it works together and I think it’s just people serving each other. “
Officials say more than 50 volunteers helped make the event possible.
In Lamar, people were busy spreading the Christmas spirit at the annual community Christmas dinner at Lamar Methodist Church.
For over a week, volunteers worked hard to prepare 700 meals for residents of Lamar and surrounding communities.
To prepare all of these meals, it took about 120 loaves of bread, 44 turkeys, 40 hams, and 40 gallons of green beans.
The tradition started 30 years ago when Tom Shields felt the need to provide meals for those who needed or worked during the holidays.
“I just started it,” Shields said. “In the first year, we’ve had 75 people show up. We didn’t know how many were going to have it. This year we are down to 700 meals that we served today.
Shields said he plans to donate the dinner money to those affected by this month’s tornadoes in Missouri and Kentucky.