Friday, December 28, 2012
VIDEO: Christmas Dinner at First Church
Christmas took on a special significance this year from me this year. It was the first time I volunteered to help make Christmas dinner at First Church of Middletown.
The works start on the morning of December 24th. Coordinated by Julie, people dropped off cooked hams and turkeys. The volunteers took to preparing the meals in trays to ready to heat up on Christmas morning. We also set the tables and chairs, bringing out the fine china for the table settings.
We got the church at 8AM Christmas morning to fire up the ovens and start cooking. We had a team of volunteers ready to clean dishes along with servers bringing plates of ham and stuffing out to the folks arriving at noon to eat.
We had volunteers from as far as West Hartford and people came from other faiths and churches. This was not only a First Church event, it was a Middletown Community event.
Nearly 100 meals were delivered by volunteers to folks who couldn't make it out to the dinner. We estimate over 300 people came to share in the spirit of Christmas and giving. We even started an impromptu sing-a-long that keep the crowd and volunteers spirits up.
It was great to be a part of this event. I look forward to volunteering more and seeing more people take part in giving and not just as part of Christmas but all through the year.
Christopher Polack is a Middletown resident who loves his town and all the people in it.