Baldwin community enjoys Christmas feast

Smiles, laughs shared at St. Ann's Senior Center

BALDWIN — A hearty helping of holiday spirit was served on Christmas Day during a meal put on by the community, for the community, at St. Ann's Senior Center.

This annual tradition provides a holiday feast for area residents so they don't have to be alone on the holiday, or just to give folks a time to relax and not have to cook, as well as a time to catch up with neighbors.

Families and individuals who joined the festivities enjoyed a choice of ham or turkey, steamy mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, rolls and a dessert.

All different ages were represented at the festively decorated center. Shut-ins also were given an opportunity for a takeout meal.

"It's the community coming together," said volunteer Bill Bomar, sharing the event's key ingredient for success.

Gifts for boys and girls also were part of the fun.

After a sumptuous meal, people were treated to live music by Mesha Ministry.

Community groups and people who helped make this meal possible are Men of Purpose, Bread of Life Food Pantry, St. Ann's Senior Center, God's True Vine, Lake-Osceola State Bank, ACE Hardware, Mesha Ministry, and all the volunteers who tended to cooking and serving food.

A meal on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day by this group of volunteers is available each year, to make the holidays brighter for the community.