PHOTOS: Volunteers serve over 1,000 meals at community Christmas dinner | News, sports, jobs

PHOTOS: Volunteers serve over 1,000 meals at community Christmas dinner |  News, sports, jobs


Volunteer Karen Siebel, left, adds gravy to some turkey on a plate for Ken Peters, (right), right, at a community Christmas dinner, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont Street.


Hundreds filed into downtown Lawrence Monday for a traditional community Christmas dinner.

Volunteers served 226 people for dinner at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St., organizers told the Journal-World. In addition to dinner, volunteers distributed 1,005 meals throughout the community.

Here’s a look at scenes from this year’s dinner, as captured by photographer Mike Yoder.

Photo taken by: Mike Yoder/Journal World

From left, Shelby Roberts, her mother Shawna Roberts and father Justin Roberts, Lawrence, volunteer to prepare meals to be delivered in the community during a community Christmas dinner, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St.

Photo taken by: Mike Yoder/Journal World

From left, John Barbee, his sister Sanders Barbee, and Sanders’ husband Jalen Williams, volunteer as “runners” to deliver fast food to cars to distribute in the community. The trio was serving at a community Christmas dinner, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont Street. More than 1,000 meals were delivered Monday.

Photo taken by: Mike Yoder/Journal World

A line of cars and drivers wait to pick up Christmas meals to be delivered to the community during a community Christmas dinner, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023 at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St. More than 1,000 meals were delivered Monday.

Photo taken by: Mike Yoder/Journal World

Volunteering at the dessert table, Irma Tesar and Lawrence visit during a community Christmas dinner, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, at First United Methodist Church, 946 Fairmount Ave.

Photo taken by: Mike Yoder/Journal World

Pat Phillips, Lawrence, volunteers as a “runner” to deliver fast food to cars for distribution in the community. Phillips was officiating at a community Christmas dinner, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont Street. More than 1,000 meals were delivered Monday.

Photo taken by: Mike Yoder/Journal World

Two tables of volunteers prepare Christmas dinner to be served in the community during the Community Christmas Dinner, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023 at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont Street.

Ira Sifford, left, and Greg Pellegrin, enjoy dinner as they sing the classic Christmas song “Feliz Navidad” during a community Christmas dinner, Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, at First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont Street.





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