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If you find yourself full of Christmas cheer and spirit this holiday, head over to Mary Phillips Senior Center in Old Town Temecula, where volunteers are desperately needed December 24, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This is the first time the event will be held at the Old Town Senior Center, due to the Pujol Street Community Center reconstruction. Buck Kemmis and a squadron of long-term Temecula volunteers ask the community for help in staging the 19th annual Community Christmas Dinner. “The Community Christmas Dinner, a completely free sit-down meal, is unusual in its purpose of sharing dinner and community spirit on the holiday with young, old, rich or poor,” Melody Brunsting said in a recent press release. “This feast is for individuals alone for the holiday, and those who just want a dose of great community spirit.”
As a special note, those unable to drive to the Mary Phillips Senior Center can request a home delivery. “Dozens of meals year are delivered to people who for health reasons can’t leave their home.” Brunsting said.
Anonymous donors from around Temecula sponsor this event, originated by a subcommittee of the old Temecula Town Association.
“Buck and his family started the event to bring the community together on Christmas Day. Children attending the event get to meet Santa Claus and, of course, Santa has a gift for them.” Brunsting said.
Guests will be greeted to a festive holiday scene, with Christmas decorations, a welcoming committee that guides guests to their seats as if all were family. “Once seated the guests are asked what they would like to drink, coffee, water, or punch and served a holiday feast of roasted turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy, and vegetables. Dessert consists of a choice of pies.” Brunsting said. “The pie committee works hard to get the necessary 150 pies which are donated to the dinner by members of the community. Pumpkin is always a favorite, but apple, blueberry, and cherry are usually on the menu.”
The committee continues to need cash donations of any kind, volunteers for various stages of the preparation, pies, and the specialized help of meat carvers or de-boning experts to help with prepping the turkeys.
“With the new location, more volunteers for serving are needed.” Brunsting said, and encouraged all to sign up soon!
Donations are encouraged, all year long: Checks can be sent to Temecula Valley Community Christmas Dinner 2013 c/o MDMG Inc., 41635 Enterprise Circle North, Ste B, Temecula, CA 92590 or call 951-678-2471.
Cash donations can also be made at the event on Christmas Day.
Anyone wishing to donate baked pies should call (951) 265-8557.
Volunteers, please call: 909-816-1204.
For more information, meal delivery, call: (951) 678-2471 or www.temeculacalifornia.com.
The Mary Phillips Senior Center is located in Old Town:
41845 6th St., Temecula, Ca.