Organizers are expecting to feed several hundred people on Friday at an annual Christmas dinner.
A community Christmas dinner on Friday will give low-income residents and those who will be spending the holiday alone a chance to share the spirit.
"We figured there will be over 500 people with the deliveries and the sit-down dinner," said Lani Oglesby, an organizer of the dinner.
Oglesby and a group of volunteers have been organizing the dinner each of the last five years, after volunteers at the Flamingo Club, 501 N. Ninth, announced they could no longer hold the annual event.
This year's dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.
Meals also will be available for delivery during that time.
The meal will consist of turkey, ham, potatoes, salad, pies, coffee and other food items. Entertainment also is planned.
"We have a lot of people who have been coming down every year," Oglesby said.
She said that volunteers typically show up the day of the dinner to help with preparing the meal, delivering meals and cleaning up. "We always tell them to come and we'll find something for them to do," she said.
Oglesby said there will be two handicapped-accessible vans that will be able to take people to the church for the dinner.
Residents who want a ride, or those who want meals delivered may call Oglesby through Thursday at 749-5305.
On Christmas Day, residents wanting a ride or to have a meal delivered should call the church at 842-5292.
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