Once again this year, Our Daily Bread Ministries is seeking volunteers and donations to provide a Christmas dinner and gifts for families with children.

The dinner is Dec. 22 at the main building of the Del Norte County fairgrounds.

Last year’s dinner filled the main building and provided warm food, gifts, winter scarves, music and generous hospitality.

Asked how many volunteers will be needed this year, Program Director Daphne Cortese-Dean said “as many as possible. It’s a huge endeavor.”

The event will need greeters, servers, cooks and food preparers, decorators, gift-wrappers and people to set up and clean up the building.

Along with volunteers, the ministry needs families to sign up in advance for the dinner, so staff may purchase gift items for families.

Cortese-Dean said donations of food are most-needed and gift items are also much appreciated.

Asked what specific food items are needed, she said “all the things necessary for a Christmas dinner.” Food items such as hams, turkeys, stuffing, potatoes, onions, baked goods, yams, milk, rolls and dessert items.

Our Daily Bread has been collecting gift items and toys for some time and recently held a Toy Run and benefit concluding at the Veteran’s Hall in Crescent City. She said the focus of the dinner is to provide for families with children and break the cycle of entitlement often associated with the holidays. At the dinner, kids will be able to choose gifts for parents and vice-versa. Cortese-Dean noted that Our Daily Bread will also be serving a separate dinner at Cornerstone Church on Dec. 20 specifically for local homeless individuals.

Those wanting to sign up for the family dinner may do so at Our Daily Bread, 1135 Harold St., Crescent City. Donations of gifts for kids, teens and adults can also be accepted there. The deadline for sign-ups is Monday.

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