Bloomfield residents treated to free, hot Christmas meal

Residents lined up to get their free meal at the Bloomfield Christian Church Monday morning./KTVO.

The Independent Trikers and the Ottumwa Christian Motorcycle Association partnered up on Christmas Day to provide hot meals to local residents in Bloomfield, Iowa.

“I see it as a real mission for the community, particularly for elderly who, in our recent show storm, might not want to travel very far. They can come and have some social time, they can be together with friends and just be blessed on this Christmas day,” said Gary Ogren.

The annual Community Christmas Dinner event started 10 years ago to provide meals to senior citizens. Since then it has grown and expanded to include anyone and everyone who’s looking for some good food with even better people.

Independent Trikers member Jim Carlisle says local businesses and organizations like the First Iowa State Bank have made donations that keep this tradition alive.

“Every year we buy less and more is given to us. So, it’s a very good feeling. The idea of course originally was to make it enjoyable for other people and that’s what’s carried over all these 10 years, a relaxing, happy, thankful Christmas,” said Carlisle.

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