LAMAR, Mo. - A local church and community bands together to host an annual Christmas dinner.
The Lamar United Methodist Church has held this event in the city for the last 26 years. The organization is able to do this for the community with money from its budget, as well as donations. Tom Shields, chairman of the event, says they expected to distribute 650 dinners today.
"I think it helps the community out, it really does. There's a lot of people that are hurting. We've lost 2 major factories in town and it's just something they don't have to pay for. Because we don't ask them to pay it's all donated or you know free,” says Tom Shields, Event Chairman.
"Well it's a community, everyone that doesn't have a place to go ends up here. So, I think it's a blessing for many of us,” says Gudrun Slade, one of many who attended the Christmas dinner.
Shields adds the event would not be possible without all of the volunteers that help out each and every year.