Grand Island Church hosts annual Christmas dinner

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - St. Paul's Lutheran Church is continuing to serve the community this Christmas with an annual tradition.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church hosted their 22nd annual Community Christmas Dinner Wednesday. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

They hosted their 22nd annual Community Christmas Dinner Wednesday.

A mini choir sang as hundreds of people lined up to get their traditional holiday meal, consisting of ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls and homemade pies. It was free and open to the public.

"It's really to serve others as Christ would ask us to do, to serve our fellow man," said Ed Meedel, the Christmas dinner coordinator. "It's really a gift of love that we give all of those who come. It's just an absolute privilege to serve so many people and try to add some joy to their day."

Meedel said the meal ensures that no one is alone on Christmas.

It took close to 300 volunteers to make the dinner possible. Meedel said they also delivered 150 Meals on Wheels earlier in the day.

He said they're always looking for volunteers for next year's meal. If you're interested, you can call the church at (308) 382-2973.