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Volunteers prepare Christmas meal

About 2,000 meals will be served, with all the fixings.
APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) - Volunteers for the annual "We Care" meals program are preparing dinner for Christmas day at the moose lodge in Appleton.

"I just felt like I needed to do something," Debbie Schulz-Peterson says. She's one of more than 250 volunteers that cook, serve or deliver Christmas meals to guests.

"I'm lucky enough to have two jobs and have everything I want," Debbie says, "and I just wanted to kind of give something back to those that might not have anyone to be with or family for Christmas."

About 2,000 meals will be served, with all the fixings. 

"We are going to go with turkey and ham, potatoes, dressing, rolls and 5 kinds of salads," Ed Rathsack, organizer of the dinner for the past 28 years says. 

Rathsack says the free dinner is about providing companionship.

"We have volunteers that we have just to sit with people in the lodge anyone getting a home delivery and would like a companion tell use when you order."

"It's always nice to give back to people especially when you get a lot of help from other people," one of those volunteers, Charlie Jadin, says.

"It's always nice to give back to people who need it more especially during the holidays." Jack Jadin, another volunteer adds.

This year more than 60 goody bags have been made available to children.

"There is different learning materials, work books for different age groups and things like that."  Kelli Arndt from the Appleton Noon Optimist Club says.

Dinner will be served from 11 until 2 or until all the food is gone.

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