hristmas is about so many things in our culture:  family, friends, presents, and yes, food.  It's something that I think some of us might take for granted.  You  just assume there will be a Christmas Dinner, and that everyone will be able to enjoy it.  But unfortunately that is not the case.  That's why the Sacred Heart High School announces their  annual free Christmas Dinner.

It’ll be for the elderly, unemployed, and homeless of Pettis County on Wednesday December 24.  It’ll be held at the Sacred Heart School, 416 West Third Street from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  They will have free delivery to the homebound.  This part is one of the most important aspects, because Meals on Wheels will not deliver on that holiday.  This may be the only chance that some of these homebound people get a hot meal that day.  And that may be one of the most important parts of this Christmas Dinner, as SH faculty member Richard Bahner remembers:

CJ Landry, a former SH faculty member and  NHS Advisor initiated the Christmas Eve Dinner.  One of my favorite recollections is when some kids came back from delivering, complaining that a lady who obviously could afford the food had ordered a meal.  C.J. told them, "Do you suppose that what she really needed was not the food but to hear a knock on her door?"

I got to speak with Liz Suter-Van Leer, one of the organizers of the dinner, about how you can help through volunteer work, or how you can spread the word to get those who need this meal signed up.

To call with your reservation order, you've got to get it done TODAY, the 22nd. Call 827-3800 or 827-2311 between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  There will be no one answering the phones on December 23nd or 24th. And if you'd like to volunteer, don't be shy - they always need people and are more than happy to put you to work!

Christmasly yours,