The 28th year of the Christmas dinner, sponsored by Richland Center Church of the Nazarene, was another success. It has been held at the Nazarene Outreach Center for several years in a row, with only a few changes being made from previous years -- that being two seating times to accommodate more people attending than in the past.
At the time of the first dinner 28 years ago, just under 100 people were served the free holiday dinner. This year, slightly less than 400 were served. The dinner was started by a member of the Nazarene congregation, who felt that no one should be alone or go hungry on Christmas. That tradition has continued with many people coming for the fellowship as well as the meal. There is no charge for the dinner, but donations are accepted. Deliveries and carryouts make up about half of the dinner served.
This yearly event is sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene. While there are many from the Nazarene congregation giving of their time, there are many volunteers from other churches in Richland Center and around the area. Without the help of everyone involved, this event could not take place.