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Plans coming together for annual Christmas dinner PDF Print E-mail

By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican

For the seventh year, the Southwest Nebraska Ministerial Association is sponsoring a Christmas Day dinner in Imperial.
Coordinator Jody Bopp, also in his seventh year, said the dinner is for people with no place to go for Christmas, “those at need who can’t put together a dinner, but most especially for older people who don’t have family coming.”
The free meal will be served at the Eagles Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, dressing, sweet corn, homemade rolls and pies.
Bopp said many businesses, churches and organizations have donated food to make the day special.
“It’s the whole community, it really is,” Bopp said of the dinner.
Apples, oranges and popcorn will be handed out as a treat.
Last year, between 275-300 people, including volunteer help and carry-out meals, were served.
Volunteers are needed to help warm and cook the food beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 25, with more help needed at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and for cleanup at 1 p.m.
Volunteers are also needed to take meals to the hospital, the courthouse and to shut-ins.
Donations for the meal, if people wish to do so, will go towards the Ministerial Association’s fund for indigent people.
Bopp may be contacted at (308) 882-4406 for more information.