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Dinner help is sought
Manpower, money needed for 'Richard's Dinner'
Sunday, December 23, 2012
With Christmas just days away, the organizer of “Richard’s Dinner” need more funds and volunteers.
Scott Norman, who organizes the annual “Richard’s Dinner” Christmas Day dinner, said Friday that $500 to $600 more in donations and several more volunteers still are needed.
“We’ll spend right at $3,800,” he said. “We’re $500 to $600 short.”
But Norman is not worried that the effort will come up short.
“That’s never happened before. Martinsville-Henry County has always come through,” he said.
Norman said he needs at least two or three more volunteers to help with food preparation during the day on Christmas Eve. He also needs at least six volunteers to come in about noon on Christmas Day and work two or three hours cleaning up. “That is the least popular job,” he said.
In all, hundreds of volunteers will be involved in the meal, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist Church fellowship hall at the corner of Starling Avenue and Mulberry Road.
Norman expects at least 1,400 meals will be served, the bulk of them delivered locally. Generally 200 or so people eat in, he said.
Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to call Norman at 732-3422, or they can just show up.
Families needing meals delivered may call 403-9557 and leave a message, including name, address and the number of meals needed.
The free meal is open to anyone, no questions asked, Norman said.
Officials previously said Grace Network is accepting donations to help fund the dinner. Make a check to the organization at P.O. Box 3902, Martinsville, Va. 24115-3902. On the subject line, write “community Christmas dinner.”
The dinner, held for more than two decades, is named after Richard Sarver, one of its founders and participants who died last year.