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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Record number turns out for dinner

  • A record number of meals were served on Christmas Day during the Neosho Community Christmas Dinner, held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lampo Center.


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  • A record number of meals were served on Christmas Day during the Neosho Community Christmas Dinner, held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lampo Center.
    According to Roberta Foster, event coordinator, organizers served 450 meals, including 90 meals to homebound people. Around 350 came to the Lampo Center to have the traditional Christmas dinner, sponsored by KNEO Radio.
    One of those in attendance was Richard Smith, of rural Neosho.
    “Well, I am by myself, and I had a chance to go to Joplin, and I thought that this would be a better place to come,” Smith said. “I just wanted to get out and associate with people.”
    After Smith finished his dinner, he anticipated going to see friends in Joplin for more fellowship.
    Smith was very appreciative of the community coming together to provide this meal.
    “I think that it is a very good thing for the people,” he said. “Some of the people can’t afford it, and some can. I thought that I would come down here and enjoy it.”
    Margaret Hall and her husband, David, also were in attendance at the event.
    “We had Christmas with our children last weekend and we were alone this weekend (so) thought, why be alone when we can just go get with a group of people,” said Margaret Hall. “I think that this is very nice. It brings a lot of people together who would otherwise be alone today. And Christmas is a time for celebration, celebration of family and celebration of rebirth.”
    This was Kathy Fleck’s first time to the annual event. She and her family recently moved to Neosho.
    “This is wonderful, because some people are homeless and some people can’t get anything to eat, so they provide for that,” she said.
    Along with the food, those in attendance were treated to goody bags, poinsettias, books and Christmas music.
    Countless volunteers helped serve the meal, including Debby Bridges.
    “I just decided to come out and help,” she said. “We had some extra time and just felt like we can use this as a ministry to help people. I think that it is wonderful that we can help. This is what Christmas is about: to help one another.”
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