Christmas is almost here. God gives himself to us anew through his son, Jesus, and we give presents to each other to share that love. In that same spirit of giving, several groups are reaching out to anyone who is alone or unable, for whatever reason, to cook a holiday meal. All are welcome to these free Christmas Day dinners:
ANTIGO: The 12th annual Christmas Celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Star Lanes, 400 Prosser Ave. Volunteers and donations welcome. For donations or food, call North Star at 715-627-4325.
APPLETON: The Community Christmas Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverview Gardens, 1101 S. Oneida St. (NOTE: This dinner was formerly held at the Moose Lodge.) No reservations needed. For home delivery, call (920) 687-1638 and leave a message; to volunteer, call Ed Rathsack at (920) 731-7867. Volunteers are needed to deliver and serve meals, and for meal preparation. Monetary donations may be sent N2691 State Road 47, Appleton, WI 54915, made out to “We Care Meals.”
MARION: St. John Lutheran Church, 318 E. Garfield St., will host dinner at noon. Home deliveries (Marion only) and take-outs will be available. Reservations by Dec. 18 are appreciated. Call Grace Judds at (715) 754-2992. Volunteers and monetary donations are also appreciated.
OSHKOSH: Fr. Carr’s Place 2B, 1062 N. Koeller St., will host its 41st annual Christmas meals from noon to 2 p.m. at the Mother Teresa Center. No reservations needed. Meals delivered to shut-ins between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Volunteer drivers and servers needed, as well as donations of hams, canned goods and presents for children/teens and guests of the homeless shelter, by Dec. 19. Call (920) 231-2378 to arrange for deliveries or to make donations.
TWO RIVERS: The Two Rivers Area Ecumenical Ministry — Grace Congregational and Calvary Lutheran, St. Peter the Fisherman Parish — will have a dinner at Grace Congregational, 2801 Garfield St. Doors open at 11 a.m. Buffet dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Transportation and delivery to shut-ins available. Make reservations by Dec. 15 by calling (920) 793-4043. Leave name, phone number, the number in your party and if you need a ride or a delivery (in Two Rivers only). Volunteers also needed; call Debbie Kozlowski, by Dec. 15, at (920) 794-8461.