Meal bags include a full hot meal of Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, green beans, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, rolls, some fruit, cookies and pies. Holman said the delivered bags also include some other grocery items like paper towels.
Everything in the bags is either donated or purchased with money donated to the fire department, Holman said.
“The township doesn’t pay for any of this,” Holman said.
Holman is the daughter of fire chief Tim Holman and the late Becky Holman. She said her mother began the tradition and when she died, it became a legacy event for her.
An event the community has always been willing to help out with, Holman said.
“It’s just our way to give back to the community and kind of help them out on Christmas,” Holman said. “It was my mom’s idea when she started this, she always thought no one should be alone on Christmas eating from a can. Everyone should have a good home-cooked meal and company. So our volunteers also wish them a Merry Christmas and give them a little bit of fellowship.”
The event has grown every year, Holman said, from 30 meals begin delivered in 2009 to hundreds of them going out this year. However, this year saw a little bit of a decrease in meal delivery compared to 2018.
“Some other groups have started doing some community kitchen type things,” Holman said. “But we aren’t going to complain about less people needing meals.”
Those interested in volunteering next year can contact the fire department at GTFDchristmasdinners@gmail.com.