McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

December 12, 2013

Donations desperately needed for Community Christmas Dinner

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — The ice and snow storm that hit McAlester last week did more than slow down traffic.

It also resulted in a slow-down of contributions to the Community Christmas Dinner, according to one of the volunteers helping organize the event who asked to remain anonymous.

Those organizing the dinner say they are now behind in donations for this year’s holiday dinner at a time when they feel there will be  a substantial need from those wanting to participate.

Plans call for the free holiday dinner with all the trimmings to be delivered on Christmas Day to anyone living in the McAlester and Krebs city limits who wants to participate, with no age or income guidelines in place.

“We’re expecting an increased demand,” the volunteer said. “We had 1,400 last year and we expect an increase this year.”

However, the donations to help pay for the dinner have been trickling in slower than expected.

“Based on the snow, we’re behind where we were last year at this time in terms of contributions,” the volunteer said. “We’re asking people to have a generous heart and contribute what they can toward food for that day.”

Anyone who would like to help with this year’s event can send a donation to Community Christmas Dinner; P.O. Box 759; McAlester, OK; 74502.

Also, the number to phone to make arrangements to participate in the dinner is 918-421-2920.

That’s also the number for volunteers to phone who are willing to help make home deliveries in McAlester and Krebs on Christmas Day.

“We do need drivers — and we may need drivers with 4-wheel drive,” the volunteer said, referring to the potential of another wintry storm hitting the area.

For now, the volunteers are hoping area residents will come through with enough donations to prepare plenty of food for the annual dinner.

“We’re behind and we need some help,” the volunteer said.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.