This past Saturday at Long County High School, the Concerned Citizens of Long County cooked and served a free Christmas dinner for anyone who was in need of fellowship or who was hungry.
"We always wanted to do something like this, and so with Tara (her daughter) and Terry (her husband) and Amy (Duke), and a whole lot of help from a bunch of other people, we were able to put it together," said Colette Gordon.
Gordon, Duke and Tara Allen were the "big three" who got the ball rolling for the dinner just two weeks ago. As a result of their planning, the group put together a dinner that even the best cook would be proud of.
"We had about 12 volunteers up here last night working, and then they were right back out here this morning at 6, working again," Allen said.
According to Allen, the group’s goal was to provide a free meal to anyone in need, but to also give anyone who might be alone for the holidays a chance to have dinner with a group.
Saturday’s meal consisted of ham, turkey, dressing, side items and deserts.
Joe, 77, and Elizabeth Davis, 75, enjoyed the dinner with their grandson, Aazai Moore.
"It is delicious," Elizabeth Davis said. "They gave me more than I could eat."
Added her husband, "This is nice, and it’s good for the community."
William L. Miller, the Director of the Long County Family Connection said: "People don’t realize it, but many people don’t have enough food around the holidays. This outreach is a good endeavor, and it is an opportunity for those who can to give back to the community."
Besides serving a meal, the group also took food to many people who were unable to get to the LCHS cafeteria. According to Allen, more than 250 dinners were given away.
Allen said that the day was a success, but the group doesn’t want to stop there.
"We want to do this every year, and also do it at Thanksgiving," she said. "What we really want to look into is setting up a food bank, where people in need can come get food when they need it."
"I hope that businesses, churches, grocery stores - the community as a whole - will help us find a location and help us get a food bank started", said Allen.
For more information on how to help, contact Allen at 912-294-5864, Duke at 912-506-0652, or Colette or Terry Gordon at 912-545-3137.