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Duncan volunteers prepare Christmas dinner

Duncan_A selfless Christmas tradition continues as volunteers at the Duncan Stephens County Fairgrounds began working on the 20th Annual countywide Christmas dinner. In the past, they have served about 1,200 people at a dining area at the fairgrounds where folks have come to eat. A team of volunteers bag meals and deliver meals to what they expect to be about 2,400 people this year - a record amount.

For 16 years, former state representative Daisy Lawler has been giving her time and effort to the Stephens County Christmas Dinner. "We just came up and I started volunteering in the carry-outs," she said. "I enjoy it. I would be sad if I didn't have the opportunity to do this. I enjoy being able to help people

This year, the Duncan expects 2,400 people to share Christmas dinner. Sonny Webb founded the dinner and says it takes a lot of food to feed those in need. "We buy 600 pounds of turkey rolls and 100 gallons of green beans, 100 gallons of corn, 30 gallons of cranberry sauce, and 17 cases of rolls," he said.

Some of the people eating dinner won't be able to make it to the fairgrounds so Daisy helps to get the food ready for deliveries. "It just makes you feel good," she said. It just makes me feel good to be able to do this, and to take meals to those that might not have a good meal on Christmas day." Volunteers help spread Christmas cheer as they deliver delicious meals.

Money for the dinner comes from individuals and various civic organizations such as the American Legion, VFW, and the Lions Club. Webb says it takes about $6,000 to prepare the dinner.

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