For the second year in a row, a dinner to help hundreds in need — created in the mind of a 6-year-old boy — will be served this Christmas.
The idea behind “Davo’s Diner” — feeding families in need — came from then 6-year-old David Anderson, now 7.
“He had raised money and he wanted to feed some people who needed to be fed and were alone on Christmas,” Tiffany Anderson, David’s aunt and a volunteer with the event, said. “It was his idea, his inception and it just took off from there. It’s a Christmas dinner for the community. We’re feeding anybody who wants to come. It’s primarily for those who may not be spending Christmas with anybody or aren’t able to feed themselves.”
The event promises to be bigger and better than last year’s event which fed more than 500 people. It will take place from 3-6 p.m. Christmas Day at the First United Methodist Church. Anderson said volunteers will also deliver meals.
“We’re also delivering meals to anybody that can’t get out,” she said. “For shut-ins or anyone who is homebound.”
Anderson said those who are unable to leave their homes can get a meal on Christmas Day.
“They can contact me (310-2424),” Anderson said. “We’re in the process of taking names and have people who have committed to delivering meals on Christmas Day. We’ll bring a good home-cooked turkey, stuffing and all the good stuff.”
Volunteers will also give away 400 bags of groceries.
“Each bag of groceries will have enough food to feed a family of four for six days,” Anderson said. “Also with the bags will be a Bible, and Coke has donated drinks as well.”
Anderson said Service Automall had a toy drive and free toys will be given away to children who come. A coat giveway will also take place.
“Tattered Lace donated 100 items like hats scarves and gloves and things like that (that will be given away),” Anderson said.
She said Santa will attend and a photographer will take family Christmas photos. They will be printed and delivered after the first of the year. Anderson said several churches and businesses have helped with the project.
“I think there was six churches that went together to buy the groceries to be given away and First Methodist is housing it for us,” Anderson said. “ Guderian Foods donated all the turkeys. There’re just a lot of businesses in town that have rallied around this and a lot of churches have come together.”
Anderson said anyone wishing to volunteer to help serve food, deliver food or with bagging the groceries can call her at 310-2424 or log on to the Website at http://www.davosdiner.com and follow the links.
Anderson said they are accepting donations through H20 Church and First United Methodist Church.
“People can make their checks payable to them and in the memo write Davo’s Diner,” she said.