The Stephens County Christmas Dinner just got a feather its cap — well rather a ham in the freezer thanks to Billingsley Ford in Duncan. This was a great way to start the ball rolling on donations for the meal which feeds over 4,000 people in the area.
Michael Garza, general manager of Billingsley Ford, said the business was able to help two organzations with the donation of the hams.
“I’m a Marlow Alumni so the Marlow After Prom Committee was selling the hams so we thought if we did a donation to Marlow, which helps the After Prom, we would take the hams and then donate the hams to help feed the people there at the Christmas dinner,” he said. “We thought we could kill two birds with one stone.”
One thing Garza has always admired about the Christmas Dinner was how it brings people together.
“Everybody wants that during the holidays, nobody needs to be left out,” he said. “Whether it’s presents or food or just friendship and being able to be with somebody (on Christmas), nobody should be left out.”
Billingsley hopes this gets others thinking about the dinner.
“We hope everybody learns about it and sees the impact it has to the community, not only to Duncan but to the surrounding communities,” Garza said. “It’s held there at the Fairgrounds … it’s not just for Duncan. There’s people from Velma and Comanche that go. It helps give awareness that there are people right here in our own community that need help.”
Sonny Webb, a co-founder of the dinner and member of the board, along with
Gary Douglas came to accept the donation.
This year is the 30th year for the dinner, which marks 30 years of putting it on for Webb and 28 years for Douglas.
“Once you do it you’re hooked forever. Once you get participating it’s a blessing. You take meals to people, shut-ins, widows and widowers. It’s just amazing the amount of community effort,” Douglas said. “We have over 200 volunteers that help with this process, we feed all these people between 9 a.m. is when we start carryouts until 2 p.m. Last year we (fed) over 4,400 people.”
Webb was very appreciative of the donation and said it was great to get started and said they would be ready for anyone who wanted to volunteer.
“They can delivery food to people, we deliver all over the county and to all the fire stations and all the police departments in Stephens County,” he said. “We’ve got gobs of jobs to do, we’ll keep busy.”
Santa Claus will also make an appearance and kiddos attending the dinner will also get a few toys.
The meal is for dine in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 25. Deliveries and take outs begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until food runs out — though it hasn’t happened yet so 2 p.m. is the usual end.
Any food left over will be donated.
To call for delivery, call the Fairgrounds office at 580-255-3231. Phone lines will close after close of business for Christmas.