GREEN BAY — We are moving through Advent and Christmas is almost here. Jesus Christ comes to give himself to us anew, and we give gifts to each other to share that self-giving love. In that same spirit, several groups are reaching out to anyone who is alone or unable, for whatever reason, to have a holiday meal. All are welcome to these free Christmas Day dinners. (Please note the date difference on Crivitz and Oshkosh’s breakfast):
APPLETON: The “Community Christmas Dinner” will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverview Gardens, 1101 S. Oneida St. 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 to N2691 State Road 47, Appleton, WI 54915, made out to “We Care Meals.”
CRIVITZ: A free Christmas dinner with turkey, potatoes, breads, veggies, and desserts will be held at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 806 Fritzie Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 11:45 a.m. Reservations are not needed.
GREEN BAY: New Community Shelter, 301 Mather St., will host Christmas lunch (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and Christmas dinner (5 to 6 p.m.), with all the fixings, on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. No need for reservations.
MARION: St. John Lutheran Church, 318 E. Garfield St., will host dinner from noon to 1 p.m. Home deliveries (Marion only) and takeouts will be available. Reservations by Dec. 20 are appreciated. Call Grace Judds at (715) 754-2992. Volunteers and monetary donations are also appreciated.
NEW LONDON: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 110 E. Hancock St., is holding a dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome. Christmas Day worship will be held at 2 p.m. Local home delivery is available, but people are asked to please dine at the church if possible. For information or home delivery, call (920) 982-3731.
OSHKOSH: A Children’s Christmas Breakfast will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, at Fr. Carr’s Place 2B, 1062 N. Koeller St. Children will receive a gift and can visit with Santa Claus.
OSHKOSH: Fr. Carr’s Place 2B, 1062 N. Koeller St., will host its 44th annual Christmas meal from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Mother Teresa Community Center. No reservations needed. Meals will be delivered to shut-ins between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Volunteer drivers and servers are needed, as well as donations of hams, canned goods and presents for children/teens and guests of the homeless shelter, by Dec. 18. Call (920) 231-2378 to arrange for deliveries or to make donations.
TWO RIVERS: The Two Rivers Area Ecumenical Ministry — Grace Congregational United Church of Christ, Calvary Evangelical Lutheran, Good Shepherd Lutheran and St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Parish — will have its 10th annual dinner at St. Peter’s at 3201 Mishicot Road. Doors open at 11 a.m. Buffet dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meal delivery and transportation (in Two Rivers area only) is available. Make reservations by Dec. 20 by calling Marilyn at (920) 793-4043. Leave name, phone number, the number in your party and if you need a ride or a delivery. Volunteers are also needed; call Debbie Kozlowski, by Dec. 15, at (920) 794-8461. To volunteer to deliver meals and/or transport guests, call (920) 793-4043.