NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
They came — men, women, children and babes in arms — streaming into the Norman High School Commons on Christmas morning around 11, forming two lines that extended out into the cold, waiting to be served a traditional Christmas dinner. They were patient and friendly, somehow knowing that they would receive a warm welcome, good food and hundreds of smiling eyes ready to serve them.
What could be better than having Santa flowing down the lines, greeting them and passing out candy, and The Norman Music Institute’s All Stars and Andy Peck’s trumpet, providing Christmas music while folks waited to be served at the 27th annual Christmas Day Community Dinner. And we must not forget the Christmas carolers who were brilliant, as always. Was this the best Christmas turnout ever? It was. The dinner distributed 2,135 meals, which included 250 home deliveries, 400 carryout meals and 1,485 meals served through the lines.
As the director of the Norman Christmas Day Community Dinner, I thank those who participated in the 27th annual event hosted in the Norman High School Commons Cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The dinner received overwhelming support from volunteers, banks, businesses and private donations again this year.
To witness the spirit of giving from this community is immensely rewarding. The highlight of the day had to be Santa, who, along with the volunteers, distributed toys, gloves, scarves, hats, toiletries, candy and other gifts to children, teens and adults.
Our community must know by now that this dinner is free and is open to everyone — those who may need a place to eat, or who just want to share the Christmas spirit with others. We believe that no one should be alone on Christmas Day.
Assistance and financial support from the banks, businesses and many individuals will be recognized later in a special way in The Transcript.
However, I would like to thank those anonymous donors who contributed toys, scarves, gloves, candy, flowers and money. A special thanks to the Christmas Store, DHS, Center for Children and Families, Salvation Army, Casa Blanca, Lohmann’s Good Things and the OEC Foundation for its grant.
Many thanks to the folks at St. Michael’s, Mayor Cindy Rosenthal, honor chairperson, and The Transcript for covering the event.
Happy New Year.
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