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Church of Christ feeds over 700 Christmas Day

Tara Hamlett, left, and Nancy Thomas serve dressing to Christmas dinner containers, which were distributed by Hartselle Church of Christ on Friday. | Clif Knight
Tara Hamlett, left, and Nancy Thomas serve dressing to Christmas dinner containers, which were distributed by Hartselle Church of Christ on Friday. | Clif Knight

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

“These folks won’t let rain stop them from getting done what  they’ve been doing every Christmas for about 10 years,” said Minister Phillip Hines. “Two years ago, we made deliveries during a snowstorm.”

Food for the dinners is prepared by church families, according to standard recipes, on Christmas Eve or early Christmas Day and brought to the church’s fellowship hall between 9 and 10 a.m. It is placed on rows of tables and served on dinner trays one at a time. From there, the food containers are boxed and delivered to their destinations by 35 to 40 volunteer drivers. Deliveries are usually completed before noon.

This year’s dinner menu consisted of baked ham, cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll and dessert. Wayne Farms of Decatur donated the hams.

“We have so many great volunteers,” Hines stated. “They prepare the food at their own expense, give of their time to serve it in take out trays and then deliver it one address at a time.”

“They love doing it and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else on Christmas Day,” he added.  “Kids come and help, too, because their parents want them to develop a giving spirit.”

The list of recipients and their addresses is compiled during the year. Many of the recipients are those who receive a meal from Meals on Wheels, which was closed for the Christmas holiday. Others are added to the list upon referral from the neighborhoods of Hartselle, Falkville, Somerville, Priceville, Eva and Danville

“The response we get from the recipients is unbelievable,” said Hines. “We get wonderful smiles and words of thanks. One little lady came up to me when I was delivering dinners last year and asked if I had an extra meal. When I told her I did and handed her a dinner, she had tears in her eyes as she expressed her thanks.”

The Community on Church Cooperation (CCC) in Decatur received 125 dinners and the food that was left over. It went to help feed about 400 people.

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