It's come one come all, that's the idea behind the first annual Community Christmas dinner to be held on Saturday December 21st at 5 p.m. at the Truman State Student Union on Franklin Street in Kirksville.
The meal is free and everyone is invited. Committee member Aaron Schneider is happy to be involved with the event.
"Well there's been a Christmas dinner in Moberly for the past several years and I've been somewhat involved with it due to a friend Frank Vorhees and so then the Moberly one's had a lot of momentum behind it's been going for several years and he says well why don't we do something in Kirksville and since I live here in Kirksville I said it sounds like a great idea so that's how we got started," said Schneider.In addition to Frank's help, Aaron worked with Mark and Sandi Simley and Mike and Laurie Waddle to make it a reality.
He says turkey and ham will be served for dinner and that Santa Claus will even make an appearance. But what they really need is toys to be donated for the kids.
"We want to give each kid a toy when they walk out and we also are planning to have some stuff for adults so that way kids can take something and give it to their parents you know really encouraging the season of giving," said Schneider. Aaron's vision for the dinner extends beyond simply hosting a meal, he hopes it serves as a reminder to be thankful for the blessings in our lives.
"During Christmas time we're celebrating Jesus who is a gift to all of us and therefore how can we in the community not give to each other and show that same kind of love to one another and so that's the whole idea behind it," said Schneider.
The committee is still taking donations, they can be dropped off at the student union after 1 p.m. on Saturday the 21st.