Community Holiday Dinner set for Dec. 14

Williams residents line up to serve themselves at last year’s Community Holiday Dinner. This year’s event takes place Dec. 14 and volunteers are still needed to help with the dinner. Photo/WGCN

Williams residents line up to serve themselves at last year’s Community Holiday Dinner. This year’s event takes place Dec. 14 and volunteers are still needed to help with the dinner. Photo/WGCN

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Even though Thanksgiving is over, people can enjoy another turkey dinner with all of the trimmings at the 12th annual Community Holiday Dinner on Dec. 14.

The dinner will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at Doc Holliday's Steakhouse at the Ramada Inn, 950 N. Grand Canyon Blvd.

The Community Holiday Dinner started as an event to serve those who might not be able to afford a Thanksgiving dinner, but was later opened up to all Williams residents.

"It's our way of celebrating living working and being in this community and providing a marvelous holiday dinner for the entire community," said Kiwanis member and organizer Carol Glassburn.

The Williams Kiwanis Club organizes the event. The club needs help from about 50 volunteers on the day of the event. Kiwanis usually receives help from other local service organizations and the schools.

Between 500 and 600 people usually attend the dinner. The meal will include turkey, ham, potatoes, vegetables, salad, bread, beverages and 85 dozen cookies that community members bake for dessert.

Besides the food, the Community Holiday Dinner also includes a visit from Santa Claus. Parents should bring cameras to take pictures of their kids with Santa.

All children ages 12 and younger will also be entered into a raffle to win one of several bicycles in different age categories.

In addition, children in attendance will receive a Paddy the penguin stuffed animal. Virginia Quinn is accepting donations of $20 or more to go toward buying the stuffed animals. Donations may be mailed to 106 S. Ninth St. Williams, AZ 86046. More information is available from Quinn at (928) 635-0677.

Organizers are in need of volunteers to help on the day of the event, as well as volunteers to bake cookies. More information about how to help is available from Glassburn at (928) 635-4503 or Cookie Nicoson at (928) 699-9036.

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