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Donations needed for annual Christmas Day dinner in Chambersburg

December 19, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Donations of toys and food are still needed for the annual Christmas Day dinner in Franklin County, Pa.

Tuesday’s dinner is sponsored by the Salvation Army and run by volunteers, including Lynne Newman, who is organizing the event for the 21st year.

Doors open at noon at the Salvation Army building at 159 Lincoln Way West in Chambersburg, and dinner will be served until 2 p.m. Deliveries to shut-ins and others who need a Christmas meal begin normally between 10:30 and 11 a.m.

Volunteers decorate the lunch room for the holiday and wrap presents as well as help cook, cut up turkeys and deliver the meals to shut-ins and serve those who come to the Salvation Army.

“Unfortunately this year, the dinner is not getting its usual donations of presents for both seniors and children as well as foods meant to replace the Salvation Army supplies,” Newman said in an email.

Volunteers need fresh fruit, onions, carrots, celery, milk, flour, brown sugar and mini-marshmallows as well as mandarin oranges, canned fruit salad, canned pineapple and about 40 loaves of bread.

“We still need lots and lots of presents,” Newman said. “They do not have to be expensive and if someone gave one or two and others gave the same or if someone donated $5 or $10, the volunteers could go out and buy the presents and even the food.”

Newman told a story that one woman shared with her this month.

“This season often makes me feel left behind, sort of in the dust,” the woman said as she asked for a Christmas meal to be delivered. “You sent me something last year and it really perked up my spirits, made be feel as if I were still part of the human race,’” Newman said in the email.

Newman said the woman got a pair of slippers last year and said she “wore them out.”

For more information, call Newman at 717-263-2151 or 717-360-2407.

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