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Every chair and table in the United Methodist Church was set up to accommodate the continuous flow of guests who were served a traditional holiday meal of ham, mashed potatoes and homemade pie. Submitted photo
Every chair and table in the United Methodist Church was set up to accommodate the continuous flow of guests who were served a traditional holiday meal of ham, mashed potatoes and homemade pie. Submitted photo

Free Christmas dinner draws 300

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

The fourth annual free Christmas Day dinner hosted by Hudson United Methodist Church drew a record number of guests.

Assisted by volunteers from other churches, community groups and families, HUMC had more than 100 volunteers who helped set up the event, greet and serve about 300 guests, give rides to those without transportation and deliver meals to shut-ins in River Falls, Hudson and North Hudson. Volunteer opportunities drew a diverse crew of helpers -- from children to seniors.

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Every chair and table in the church was set up to accommodate the continuous flow of guests who were served a traditional holiday meal of ham, mashed potatoes and homemade pie. Live music was made possible by local musicians who shared their talents throughout the festive event. Holiday gifts given to all in need included hats, mittens, scarves, blankets, food items and books donated by individuals, community organizations and local businesses. Others, some for the first time, contributed financially or helped publicize the event by giving out flyers and putting up posters.

"The spirit of Christmas was in the air," said Carol Benish, who co-chairs the event with her husband Bob. "Opening our doors and hearts to everyone is important to us at HUMC. Working together with others in the community to provide this free Christmas Dinner is an awesome experience."

For information about next year's event, or volunteering, call the church at (715) 386-3921.

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