Every year since 2003 Caring Hands has sponsored a Community Christmas Dinner.
The first year we hoped for 50 people and served over 100. The second year we hoped for 150 and served 200+ The
next two dinners served over 500 each.
This dinner is not something Caring Hands does for the community. It is
something the community does for itself. Everything is donated specifically for the dinner. Helpers
come from all walks of life. So do guests. Last year someone complained that they couldn't tell the helpers
from the people in need. One of the children - now on her 4th yr as a helper grinned and said
"That's just the point"
|sharing in the work and in the joy
The community Christmas Dinner started in the hearts of Terry and Lafaye Murphy. At a time when most
parents would have been worried about how they were going to do Christmas for their own 3 children the Murphy family decided
to invite the whole town. They asked if Caring Hands would act as sponsor. We had some strong doubts but they said "We're
both professional chefs. We don't have a lot of work right now. Here are the places that we've already talked to that will
help" Something in their eyes and something in our hearts told us we couldn't say no. The agreement was that the dinner would
be self supporting not using resources needed to help people through the winter months when heat bills and unemployment both
go up almost unbelievably.
The newspaper published an article and people started calling. Many needed to come for help. Others
wanted to come to help. One lady called crying asking if she could come and help. She said she had had so many tragedies that
she didn't think she could live through another Christmas but if she could help that would change this. She was not in need
financially, far from it, but she needed the dinner as much as anyone else.