“When we get there each year, it's nice to see the smiling faces of so many people in our community who are there year after year, just like my family,” Whitis said.
And if you’re looking for a way to give back this Christmas season, then look no further today than First United Methodist Church. There is always plenty to do.
“In the past, we have delivered food to shut-ins, but we mainly work the line in getting the meals prepared before the dinner to be delivered or taken home by those attending,” Whitis said. “We get there early each year to take our spot in the line.”
Reffett had nothing but good things to say about those who spend time every Christmas Eve working the dinner, which is offered to anyone in need — and those simply wishing to share in a holiday meal with others.
“It’s just amazing the way the community supports this ministry,” Reffett said. “I just want to thank them for being able and willing to be a vessel to show God’s love to our community.”
Whitis plans on continuing her family’s Christmas Eve tradition for years to come — and she plans on passing that on to her young son, just as her father did for her and her sister.
"I am a new mother and I already know that when he is older I will take him to the community dinner to help,” Whitis said.
The dinner is at 12 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall, located on South Central Avenue in Somerset. Volunteers are needed to serve the food at the fellowship hall, deliver meals and provide transportation to those who need a ride, and for other tasks.
For more information or to help out, call the church at 678-4042.