PLATTEVILLE — The 26th Annual “Alone for Christmas” dinner sponsored by the Platteville Ministerial Association was hosted by the Lutheran Church of Peace Christmas Day at noon.
Through fellowship and good food, the friendship and joy of Christmas was shared by approximately 210 people who attended. An additional 30 shut-ins also shared in the dinner thanks to the volunteers who delivered their meals.
The food, holiday setting and music of the season were made possible through the efforts of many people.
The turkeys were donated by Walmart and then cooked and carved by Country Kitchen. Mints and chocolates were donated by Fern and Jesse Reinstein of JAS Candies. Other donations came from Morrissey Printing, Weber Paper Co. and Ubersox Dodge Chrysler. Financial and food donations of pies, salads and cookies came from individuals from St. Mary’s, St. Augustine’s, Trinity Episcopal, Lutheran Church of Peace, Community Evangelical Free, First English Lutheran, Mount Zion United Church of Christ, First Congregational United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church.
Volunteers from the various churches prepared potatoes, dressing, gravy, and vegetables for the dinner. Others decorated and set tables, provided transportation for those needing rides, served food and beverages, washed dishes and provided help where needed.
Becky Kleisath Yeater played Christmas music on her flute as diners arrived for dinner. Julie Addison-Fulton played carols on the piano throughout dinner and accompanied singers at the end of the meal.
Committee members who planned and organized the dinner include Paula Bartelme, Chris Cardin, Tom and Linda Fiedler, Bev Johansen, Maggie Kleisath, Carol Lange, Marion Masbruch, Noreene Masbruch, Cathy Mossholder, Bob Plourde, Dorothy Pulkrabek, Joan Riedle, Bev Sheldon, Rev. Mike Short, Nancy Weigel, and Dee Woolf.
All financial donations not needed to cover expenses for the dinner will be given to the Platteville Food Pantry.