17th annual Trumann Christmas dinner serves hundreds

17th annual Trumann Christmas dinner serves hundreds

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - On Christmas, many gather together with family and friends to celebrate, but Thursday, a Region 8 community left their homes to help give back to their own.

The 17th annual Trumann Christmas Dinner was held Thursday at the Trumann Recreational Center.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat," Lindsay Miller, coordinator, said. "I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink."

That was the mission at the Christmas Dinner in Trumann. Miller started the day by reading this verse and telling the volunteers what this was all about.

"Jesus is what Christmas is all about," Miller said. "He is Christmas. So we just want to spend part of our day on Christmas giving back."

Miller said the majority of the meals they serve are deliveries.

"People that can't get out that don't have a vehicle," Miller said. "That are elderly and home alone."

The line of volunteers was almost out the door. Miller has delivered meals in the past and said it puts things in perspective.

"It really lets you know that this is a need," Miller said. "People do need it. The reaction you get sometimes, I've went in houses before and people just swarmed me in a huge hug because they are so appreciative."

Those who are so appreciative received plates full of turkey, corn, green beans, and of course dessert. Miller said the volunteers appreciate the event as well.

"A lot of people here would tell you they get as much or more out of this than the people we serve," Miller said.

She said it's amazing seeing the community come together.

"It shows what our community is and who our community is," Miller said. "There are so many willing and helpful and awesome people that live in Trumann that want to help."

They served more than 1,000 meals. Miller said sometimes Trumann can get a bad reputation, and she believes it's things like this that show how great of a community it really is.

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