TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - Friendship, fellowship and great food are all parts of an annual tradition in Trumann, the Community Christmas Dinner - an event observed again this year.
People from all across Poinsett County flocked to the Old Community House on Main Street to enjoy all of the aforementioned and more. Last year, almost 700 took part in the event and as many were expected to this year, according to the event organizer Lindsay Miller.
But the record rainfall that fell the Wednesday and Thursday before Friday's Christmas celebration did affect the event. Volunteers making deliveries to homes were seen wearing wading boots or other waterproof footwear due to inches of water often found standing between them and the house the delivery was being made to.
One of the delivery volunteers even told Region 8 News that he had to wade through areas that had water standing over a foot deep.
While putting an event like the day's together, Miller says a great deal of work goes into it. "There is a lot of work that goes into it but not by any one person. There's so many people that help that everybody kind of knows the little bit that they're supposed to do," she said.
Miller says about 100 people volunteered in some way for the event, from simply preparing their specialty dish to making deliveries to those in and around the area.
She says those people devote their time to help others and the feeling they get is well worth the effort, on top of how it makes others feel. "Its also nice just to have the interaction with the people who live by themselves. Just to have that human interaction on Christmas and have somebody tell them Merry Christmas and come into their home."