Lions Club members serve holiday dinner

December 23, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Editor's note: This is one in a series of stories running on the 12 days before Christmas to recognize individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others.

HANCOCK - Every year at this time, Larry Gerber Sr. gets into the Christmas spirit in a rather unique way. He and his fellow Hancock Lions Club members prepare a Christmas meal for anyone and everyone.

"It really gets me in the spirit," Gerber said as preparations for this year's event, which was held Saturday, were still in full swing.


The notion for the dinner was born eight years ago while Gerber was home on Thanksgiving watching a television news story about people serving just such a dinner in the metropolitan area.

"I thought that if they could do it there, we could do it here in Hancock," Gerber said.

And for the next eight years, the Hancock Lions Club members have done just that.

Most years, 400 to 600 people are served, Gerber said.

This year's dinner was held at the Hancock American Legion Home at 240 E. Main St. The main course was ham, Gerber said.

The dinner was open to all Hancock area residents. There was no charge but those who planned to come were asked to call Town Hall and make a reservation, Gerber said.

Those needing delivery - shut-ins or people with major health problems - were also taken care of, Gerber said.

Members of the Hancock Lioness Club prepared and served the dinners. The American Legion, as always, donated the use of the hall and kitchen facilities.

"The money raised by the Lions Club from chicken barbecues, golf tournaments, bonanzas, breakfasts in the park and other fund-raisers is what enables the club to host this annual event," Gerber said.

Chartered in 1951, the Hancock Lions Club has provided three of the pavilions in Widmeyer Park and has funded scholarships, eye examinations and glasses and the Hancock Food Bank.

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