The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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December 23, 2013

Community meals to be served in several locations

Area residents may share in holiday meals that will be served by several area organizations. Some offer delivery, too.

JOPLIN

Members of the Christian Motorcycle Association will supply the food and serve brunch from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday in the dining room at Souls Harbor, 915 S. Main St.

The meal is open to the public, said Jan Burres, shelter manager.

Shelter workers are in hopes that a kitchen renovation will be completed in time for the holiday event, Burres said.

At the Salvation Army, 320 E. Eighth St., volunteers will begin serving dinner at 11 a.m. Christmas Day. The meal is open to the public.

More than 500 meals were served at Thanksgiving, and organizers expect about the same number Wednesday. Volunteers will begin preparations at 8 a.m.

Members of the First Community Church, 2007 E. 15th St., will put on their 39th annual Christmas Dinner for Others from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. They cook up the dinner in hopes that no one has to be alone on the holiday.

The meal will include ham, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries, salad, green beans and dessert.

Dinners may be ordered for pickup or delivery by calling the church office between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. today at 781-1800.

CARTHAGE

Organizers expect to serve about 450 meals for the annual Christmas Day Family Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Carthage Crisis Center, 100 S. Main St. Parking and the entrance are on the east side of the building.

The center served about 350 people dinner on Thanksgiving, and organizers expect about the same number on Wednesday. There are about 100 requests for deliveries so far, a volunteer said.

Transportation is available for those who need a ride. Meals can be delivered to those who live within 20 miles of the center. For a ride or a delivery, people may call 417-358-3533.

The center is a faith-based nonprofit that assists the homeless and needy in the area, and it is supported by contributions.

Information about the center and its services may be obtained by calling the number above or emailing carthagecrisiscenter@gmail.com

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