By James Beaty
More help is needed for the annual Community Christmas Dinner, say volunteers helping plan the annual event.
Two of the reasons for needing more help this year is the projected need, based in part on those who participated in the recent Pittsburg County Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
Another factor is the pending liquidation of Hostess Brands, Inc., which includes Wonder Bread, Over the past few years, the Wonder Hostess Bakery in McAlester had helped with the Community Christmas Dinner by donating rolls and dessert pastries.
Anyone wanting to help can send a donation to Community Christmas Dinner; P.O. Box 759; McAlester OK; 74502. Checks can be made payable to Community Christmas Dinner.
The dinner is open to anyone living inside the city limits of McAlester and Krebs who wants to participate. As in years past, no age or income guidelines are in place, volunteers said.
To help volunteers in planning the dinner, anyone living in McAlester and Krebs who would like to participate is asked to go ahead and phone in a reservation.
The number to phone this year is 918-421-2920. A cut-off time of 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve has been set for those phoning in reservations to participate in the holiday dinner.
Also, anyone wanting to volunteer to help with deliveries of the meals on Christmas Day can phone the 918-421-2920 number to make arrangements to do so.
Once again this year, no sit-down dinner will be served at a central location and no meals will be available for pick-up or carryout, volunteers said.
All of the meals will be delivered on Christmas Day to McAlester and Krebs residents who phoned in and made a reservation in advance, according to volunteers planning the event.
Contact James Beaty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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