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Volunteers serve up Christmas cheer with holiday dinner

It's a tradition that's gone on for nearly 30 years
APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) - The parking lot at the Moose Lodge in Appleton is full of cars as people gather inside for the annual "We Care Meals Program".

More than 250 volunteers like Amber Wydeven gave their time to serve others during this holiday season.

"It can be humbling to see what other hardships people go through."  

Overnight snow made this year's dinner more challenging.  Fewer people were able to get here this year, so, the number of people placing orders have gone through the roof since 3 a.m.

"People are stuck in motels asking for dinners, warming shelters have open the doors to us so we can serve food there," organizer Ed Rathsack says.

"We just like to do it," Marge Tuxen says, "prays to God that we can do it."

Nearly 2000 meals were served, along with a healthy heaping of companionship  for those like  Lawrence "tinker" Blumenfeld" who were able to make it through the snow for a chance to sit down and eat.

"This provides me with fellowship for the holidays," he says.

That's been one of the main goals behind this dinner for 28 years.

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