Superiorland Kiwanis Club of Marquette serves Christmas Eve community dinner

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – ‘It was Christmas Eve, and you could see volunteers. They distributed holiday meals to members of the community.

For at least 30 years, the Superiorland Kiwanis Club in Marquette has served Christmas dinner. This year, the members decided to make a difference.

“We put it on Christmas Eve so we could still have a wonderful meal for the public,” said club member Neal Crothers. “But, {it’s} also so that all the volunteers can spend Christmas time with their families. “

Club members and other volunteers gathered at the Marquette County Salvation Army, serving turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn and, of course, pie. .

Neal’s wife Carolyn says it was “rewarding” to help during the most wonderful time of the year.

“Christmas is the season of giving and helping others,” she said. “I was raised by my parents to help others, and this is a good way to do it.”

At least 450 meals have been prepared and sent. Due to COVID-19, the club had to re-distribute food by pickup or delivery. Volunteers rated this year’s dinner as the most important.

“A lot of people are scared to go out and aren’t even comfortable meeting their family because you don’t know if things are going to catch on,” Carolyn said.

Neal says the ability to meet the needs of the community makes the effort more special.

“We get a lot of satisfaction from it,” he said. “Most importantly, we have a lot of smiles, and those smiles are worth it.”

Neal thanks all of the club members who volunteered to distribute the holiday meals. The club hopes to have dinner in person next Christmas Eve.

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