Volunteers at last year’s Community Christmas Dinner, which fed over 500 people.
By Charlotte Underwood
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The eighth annual Community Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Dec. 21, starting at 2 pm at the old West LaFollette School cafeteria. The dinner is free to all those who need it and there is even a delivery option for the elderly or bed ridden who can’t make it in person.
Last year’s dinner fed a little over 500 people and organizers are hoping to provide a holiday dinner to equal that or more this year. The Community Christmas Dinner was started nine years ago by Danny and Linda Orick and has happened each year, with the exception of one when Danny Orick had to have knee surgery.
Danny Orick is quick to point out that a lot of churches and other volunteers play a major role in making this event happen every year. “Churches donate in many ways, and there are ladies who cook and bake. It is definitely a group effort,” said Danny Orick.
Danny and Linda Orick are continuing their Christmas tradition of holding a community dinner on Saturday. It is open to everyone and will be held at the old West LaFollette School at 2 pm.
Providing a hot Christmas meal free of charge to the community was something that the Oricks “felt led to do by the Lord.” Each year they order most of the food themselves and “God has always supplied the need.” Several people help with donations and by volunteering their time and efforts to help make the community dinner a reality.
Though the Oricks do not ask for donations, anyone wishing to donate food supplies or wanting to volunteer their time is “welcome to.” For more information about volunteering or donating food, call 865-394-8373. For delivery requests, call 423-494-9258. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/18/2019-6AM)