A hot Christmas dinner will be on offer to all this Monday, Dec. 25, as Operation Christmas Spirit swings into action at the Lincoln City Community Center.
Staff from Chinook Winds Casino Resort are spearheading the event, supported by generous local volunteers and businesses.
Lincoln City resident Betty Fry founded the event several years ago to feed people that might otherwise have a bleak and hungry holiday, or simply would otherwise be alone for their holiday meal. Operation Christmas Spirit is now sponsored by Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Lincoln City Community Center and North Lincoln Sanitary Service, which provides free garbage pick-up after the event.
Families and individuals are welcome at the heartwarming celebration, which includes Christmas music and a complete hot holiday meal, offered from 10 am to 1 pm at the center, 2150 NE Oar Place.
The program still needs desserts to round out the tasty holiday meal. Organizers said they have been able to depend on the community’s generous bakers’ contributions in years past.
Those who would like to contribute a dessert, should drop it off at the Lincoln City Community Center between 10 am and 8 pm on Saturday, Dec. 23, or between 8 am and 10 am on Christmas Day.
Organizers are also appealing for donations of new socks, gloves or hats, which can be dropped off at the community center or North Lincoln Sanitary Service through Friday December 22.
For more information, or to volunteer your time at the event on Christmas Day, contact Monica Logan at 541-996-5851 or Heather Hatton at 541-996-5766.