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Christmas Dinner

It has a NEW LOCATION

 

Mary Phillips Senior Center

41845 6th St, Temecula, CA 92590
(951) 694-6464

For more information call (951) 678-2471

 

 

Anyone wishing to donate baked pies

should call (951) 677-0403. 

 

PRESS RELEASE

December5, 2014

TEMECULA, CA - Join a squadron of long-term Temecula  volunteers for a family Christmas Dinner  on Christmas Day, December 25th,  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mary Phillips Senior Center, 41845 6th St  Temecula, CA 92590.

This is the 20th annual Community Christmas Dinner and is a  completely free sit-down dinner open to anyone in the community.   All are welcome to join in the holiday spirit.

The Community Christmas Dinner is unusual in its purpose of sharing dinner and community spirit on the holiday with young, old, rich or poor, individuals alone for the holiday, and those who just want a dose of great community spirit. The event is sponsored annually by numerous anonymous donors and originated a subcommittee of the old Temecula Town Association.

Founder Buck Kemmis 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.

 Guests will be greeted to a festive holiday scene, with Christmas decorations, a jolly 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. The pie committee works hard to get the necessary 150 pies that 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.

Anyone who can't drive to the Mary Phillips Senior Center can ask for a home delivery. Dozens of meals year are delivered to people who for health reasons can't leave their home.

Most of the volunteers, including Kemmis and his family, have worked on the Community Christmas Dinner every year since its inception. They begin planning for it around Thanksgiving and within four weeks have all the food and supplies in place. A decorating and deboning party will be held before the event at the Mary Phillips Senior Center. Toys are wrapped and set into large bins for girls and boys according to age so Santa doesn't have to make his elves work on Christmas Day.

Each year the committee asks for 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.  Sign up by calling 951-699-6603.

 Last year the dinner committee served nearly 1,626 Christmas dinners and they anticipate at a minimum 10-percent increase this year. The Community Christmas Dinner is a 501 c-3 organization. Checks can be sent to Temecula Valley Community Christmas Dinner 2014 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.  For more information call (951) 678-2471 or www.temeculacalifornia.com.

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