Christmas Luncheon Helps Spread the Holiday Spirit

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

In a time when a lot of people are focusing their thoughts on the perfect gift some Dothan community members are making sure the true meaning of the holiday is not forgotten.

“You may not have money but you have your time and your effort," said Seletha Small, a volunteer for the Christmas luncheon.

In its 8th year, the Annual Community Christmas Luncheon is feeding hundreds of people in the Wiregrass.

With a free meal and food to take home visitors like Charolette Mericle say seeing the outpour of help is heart warming.

Especially with the troubles she continues to face.

“I have been without work since September of last year and both of us we're living off of food banks," said Mericle.

While community members helped to serve food, Mayor Mike Schmitz helped hand out portable heaters to the public.

And it's not just those in need who are taking something away from this holiday luncheon.

“Thank you has been the best response ever because you know when you're giving back, everybody can't afford things all the time so when you're giving giving giving, you know I like to give from my heart personally, so it's like a big delight to get to see smiles on everybody's faces," said Tyler McGowan, a volunteer at the luncheon.

While the green beans and yams are filling the stomach it's the community outreach that's filling the heart.

Organizers expected to feed about 800 people this year.

That's an increase of about 100 from last year.

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