COALVILLE - The Coalville Community of Christ Church will open its doors Christmas Eve for a night of food, games and Christmas music for those with no place else to go.
"We're working with Otho and Coalville residents to coordinate a freewill Christmas Eve dinner for, you know, elderly, alone, homebound, pretty much anyone who doesn't have a place to go," said one of the event organizers, Norma Evans.
"We'd like to have them not to sit at home alone on Christmas Eve," said the Rev. Dennis Jordison. "We like to share the joy of the Christmas holiday with anyone."
The meal includes ham, green bean casserole, squash, potatoes and gravy, dinner rolls, cookies and dessert assortments, along with coffee, and cocoa, Evans said.
Evans said Jordison and the church all came together to make this meal possible. Jordison said Evans got it all started.
"Norma's the one who's done most of the organization and promotion of this thing. She came to us with the idea, looking for a place to have it, so we've joined forces with her on it," Jordison said. "We thought it was good idea."
If you go:
WHAT: Christmas Eve dinner for anyone who will be alone in the Coalville, Kalo and Otho area.
WHEN: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Coalville Community of Christ Church
CONTACT: For more information call Norma Evans at 408-1760
Evans lives in Coalville, but doesn't attend the Community of Christ Church, Jordison said.
"The church is about the only community building in Coalville, so we're always glad to serve the community," he said.
"I got the idea originally because there is an elderly man who was going down to the store four times a day, just for interaction," Evans said. "He has no relatives, he lost his wife, he has no family. I just thought that is so sad that this guy will probably be alone for Christmas Eve. He's what sparked my idea."
Fort Dodge businesses are taking care of nearly all the food. For example, the ALDI grocery store is providing several hams, Evans said.
"She has solicited donations from a number of businesses," said Jordison. "We'll still gladly accept monetary or gift kinds of donations from anyone who would like to contribute."
Those who want to donate should contact Evans at 408-1760. She said all kinds of donations will still be taken. The church will accept items for the food bank or clothing items.
Jordison said, "We'll have a number of mixer games, and we'll use that stuff as prizes. Any kind of donation we get would be used as prizes."
Volunteers will transport people to and from the meal, Evans said, and will deliver meals to those who can't get out.
Evans hopes the dinner will become an annual event.
"If it's a success we'd like do more events like this," she said. "Maybe something for Easter or things like that."