LAWTON, OK (KSWO) – Thousands gathered in Duncan for the 27th annual Stephens County Community Christmas Dinner.
Around 4,000 people and 300 volunteers packed into the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center just before noon to enjoy food, fun, and fellowship. For 27 years, different community organizations have donated funds and food helping to make the holiday tradition possible. For the past 3 days volunteers have been working around the clock preparing food and setting up dinner tables.
For many like volunteer Abraham Ramirez and his son Jayce serving Christmas dinner has become one of their Christmas traditions. They serve food each year to give back while knowing first hand what its like to depend on a seat at this Christmas table for dinner.
Abraham Ramirez says, "My family all lives in Mexico and this is where my parents would all come out to have Christmas dinner. We'd come out and hope if we were still around Duncan and lived here that we would come and part take in it and hopefully volunteer." A story he has also shared with his son and that has motivated his young boy to want to give back himself.
Joyce Ramirez say. "It means a lot to me because when he was a little kid they didn't get very much food so they would come celebrate their Christmas out here and eat food." Jayce says although he has been here all day with his dad it doesn't feel like work, "It''s is real fun you get to pass out rolls to everyone and green beans."
Many volunteers have been here since 6:00 a.m. to make sure everyone that walks through the door has a full plate of food turkey ham and all the fixings.
Mr. and Mrs. Corrio come to the Christmas dinner each year they say since their kids have grown up and left the house and it is a good way to spend time with old friends. Ann Corrio says, "We get to see a lot more and get to go around and talk to them and say merry Christmas and catch up on their family."