How does a 6-year-old child feed hundreds of people? With a lot of help from family and friends.
Dozens of volunteers have been working tirelessly to get food and groceries together for the second annual “Davo’s Diner.” It’s not really a diner as much as it’s a dinner to feed the needy on Christmas.
The idea was sparked by 7-year-old Ada resident David Anderson. David came up with the idea last year after a visit to his relatives’ home.
“Our son came home from his grandparents house and he had some money,” Kiah Anderson, David’s mother, said. “He said, ‘This is to feed the people.’”
Kiah said they had helped a family once before and thought David wanted to do it again.
“He kept prompting us,” she said. “Every few days he would ask, ‘What have you done to feed the people.’”
David Anderson’s father, John, woke up during the middle of the night and had a vision about organizing a Christmas dinner for people in need. He said the vision came from God.
“After three sleepless nights ... I realized David was trying to tell me something more,” John Anderson said.
The Andersons rallied family and friends to create Davo’s Diner. The event is more than just serving dinner to people on Christmas Day. Volunteers help organize donated food items which are given to needy people.
Many churches have come together to donate and help organize the event.
“We’re all coming together for the same cause and putting denominational barriers aside us,” John Anderson said.
Meals are also prepared and taken to residents who can’t leave their homes.
“We’re also delivering meals to anybody that can’t get out,” Tiffany Anderson, David’s aunt and a volunteer with the event, said. “For shut-ins or anyone who is homebound.”
Tiffany said volunteers have been working tirelessly to prepare for the event.
“We stocked 800 sacks of groceries last night,” Tiffany said Thursday. “Tonight we’re going to sort all the toys and coats.”
Many businesses have donated money and goods such as food, beverages, clothing and toys. Tiffany Anderson said the sacks contain enough food to feed a family of four for six days.
“There’s actually two sacks for each family,” she said. “There’s apple juice and bread, Skillet Masters, spaghetti. It’s quite a bit of food.”
The event will be Christmas Day at the First United Methodist Church from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information about Davo’s Diner, log on to the Website at www.davosdiner.com.
As for David, he’ll be there as well serving food “for the people.” He said he likes to help people and it makes him happy to do so.
What does David want to be when he grows up? “A chef,” he said.