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Preparations are under way for free Christmas dinner

United Methodist Church will host it

Community volunteers, with the support of generous business and individual donors, have been working hard in preparation for the fourth annual Christmas Day dinner that is provided free of charge to anyone in Hudson and the surrounding area.

In addition to food and monetary donations, donors have provided hats, mittens, scarves and other holiday gifts to be distributed to those who need them.

In past years, hundreds of people have come to the Hudson United Methodist Church on Christmas Day to celebrate the special holiday together. The guest include people who might otherwise be alone, some who are unable to purchase such a bountiful holiday meal and those who just want to share the joys of Christmas with their fellow community members.

The meal is a traditional one with baked ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls, relishes and delicious homemade pies. It will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Festive decorations, live music and warm fellowship will be in abundance for attendees who can greet old friends and meet new ones.

Long-time event co-chair Carol Benish says: "Opening our doors and hearts to the community on Christmas Day and beyond is important to us at Hudson United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome to attend so we can share the joy of Christmas together."

Boy Scouts and their families will deliver the Christmas meals to shut-ins in Hudson, North Hudson and River Falls. Transportation to the church at 1401 Laurel Avenue in Hudson is available.

Leave a message at (715) 381-0441 for transportation or food delivery. The reservation will be confirmed in a return cal