Local church serves dinner to community

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Many churches in the Mid-Ohio Valley aimed to feed those in need for Christmas. But one Parkersburg church says their dinner was open to anyone.

It was their 27th annual Christmas dinner for the public at the First Presbyterian Church. Organizers say they prepped 500 meals to serve at the church and to deliver.

They aimed to provide food for the poor, anyone who was alone for Christmas or people who just wanted to share good company. Most of the food was donated by different businesses in town.

They served turkey, green beans, potatoes, coleslaw, stuffing and dessert.

Amy Leach is the chair of the dinner. She says they do it because, "It’s the right thing to do in your heart. It's a matter of giving, not receiving. Not every day everybody can do something of this magnitude for everybody in the community.” She adds, “I want to thank all the volunteers. [Co-chair] Chris Alford has been an absolute amazing asset to the whole program. He has set up and done everything with the kitchen had it all organized, I was truly blessed to be able to work with Chris."

The dinner was free from noon until 2 p.m. and organizers say they have been planning for weeks.

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