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November 11, 2009

Christmas dinner planning underway

Preparations for the Stephens County Community Christmas Dinner are underway.

The board members, Sonny Webb, president, Daisy Lawler, secretary, Clinton Murphree, Jessie Murphree, Larry Lawler, Bill Bunn, Bill Ford, Julia Allen, Gary Douglas, Al Hinshaw, Bruce Akins and Melvin Jones all have their jobs to do. The dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center.

Most of those jobs revolve around getting community members to help out with the Christmas dinners in one way or another.

Akins job at the last meeting was to get Stephens County Commissioner Dee Bowen to say the prayer and to see if Santa Claus would be able to make an appearance after such a busy night.

Everybody else had the job of gathering donations or asking others to volunteer their time to help out those less fortunate.

Last year, the group served and delivered more than 2,400 meals around Stephens County.

Work will begin much earlier the day of the dinner. Some will arrive at the fairgrounds from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. to start preparations. The last person will leave around 8 p.m., Hinshaw said.

Although the economy is in a twist, Hinshaw said that he received more in donations from the Duncan Fraternal Order of Police and the Fire Department Union than he did last year.

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to supervise inmates to lighten the load of the volunteers again this year.

As far as volunteers go, families from Bray to Corum have already volunteered to work at the dinner.

“Last year we had 40 organizations donate,” Daisy Lawler said. “We had more than 200 people volunteer, but we still need more.”

The goal of the board is to provide a good meal to those who would spend the holiday alone or could not otherwise prepare a meal on their own.

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