WHEATLAND – The Community Christmas dinner was a rousing success with families lined up to come in ten minutes before the dinner started. 165 people came to share a Christmas feast with their neighbors and almost 60 plates were delivered to those unable to come out. Around 30 volunteers came to help serve food and clean up.
“We came to hang out and have fellowship with the town,” said Glenn White who came with his pregnant wife and young daughter. “We’ve had some bad luck recently and are homeless right now. This was a nice meal and a good place to be on Christmas.”
There was a Christmas tree with gifts for children donated by Wheatland High School students. Sitting at tables strewn with fresh cranberries were young families and senior citizens, all there to enjoy the holiday together.
“This is the reason we do this. We love the community and we love the people and that’s the truth,” explained Robert Balzan with conviction. “I see new eyes here every year. Good food equals good people. There are 8,200 souls in the county, I want 8,000 here next year.”
Christmas is on a Friday next year and the hope is that a weekend will mean more attendees. This year was the best turn-out since the event started two years ago. So put it on your calendar for next year, free dinner and friendship on Christmas day.