The annual Up All Night Thanksgiving dinner served 1,006 people, and organizer Jake Sessions is ready to turn around and make the Christmas dinner successful as well.
One thing Sessions hopes to achieve with the Christmas dinner is fore more of those being served to come to the former Cannon Street Elementary School building, where the meals are served, to eat. Of the more than 1,000 meals prepared for Thanksgiving, Sessions estimates about 85 percent were delivery.
“We want more people to come out,” Sessions said. “It’s a good event for families to experience.”
Sessions is hoping to have some choirs perform and a program for people to participate in, instead of only serving them food. Although the meal event offers delivery, it’s intended for those who are homebound or otherwise can’t travel to get their meals.
The event is designed to serve the needy, senior citizens, infirm or those without families for whom providing their own meal wouldn’t be feasible. The meal is staffed by volunteers, and Thanksgiving saw a record turnout with about 200, Sessions said.
“In 21 years, we’ve never had a flop,” Sessions said. “People in the community really seem to empty out their hearts to this cause.”
Sessions said the Christmas meal is in particular need of vegetables and dessert items. Food items sought are ham, turkey, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, dressing, macaroni and cheese, plates, carry-out containers, cups, napkins and plastic cutlery.
Donations will be taken at:
•Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home at 201 Hamilton Road.
•Good Seed Christain Bookstore on South Greenwood Street.
•WJCN TV in the Callaway Conference Center at West Georgia Technical College.
•WTRP AM 620 radio at 806 New Franklin Road.
Anyone with questions or interested in volunteering may call Sessions at 706-884-6963 or Bernice Scott at 706-616-1777. Those whose first language is Spanish may call Elisa Bates, director of multicultural services for DASH for LaGrange, at 706-298-0221 ext. 105 or 706-333-9774.