GREENVILLE - Christmas is the time of year for joy and happiness, but for those who are lonely or less fortunate, it can be a sad time of year.
This is the reason that for the past 31 years the Lighthouse Christian Center, along with area businesses and community volunteers, treat those persons to a free Christmas dinner.
The dinner consists of ham, chicken, barbecue pork, dressing, green beans, corn, escalloped potatoes, cole slaw, bread, butter, milk, coffee and finished with Wick’s pies for dessert.
In addition to the meal, there are treats of candy, fruit and gum, especially for the children. There are also numerous door prizes for the adults and gifts for the children.
The past few years, there have been bicycles a door prizes for the youngsters.
“Even in the bad economy, the business and the more fortunate have been very generous this year, and we expect to have lots of food and gifts,” a spokesperson said. “We expect to have lots more door prizes this year to make Christmas more enjoyable for more people.”
Reservations for the dinner are requested, so that planners will know how much food to prepare.
“But, you can come without them [reservations],” the spokesperson said. “Leave a message with the age of your children so we can have the appropriate age gift.”
Anyone knowing of a shut-in who needs a meal, call 937-548-7464 and put their name on the list.
“Please leave a message,” organizers said. “If no one answers, someone will get back to you.”
Spirit Transport has volunteered to pick up everyone who needs a way to the dinner.
The meal starts at 11:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.