In honoring Tanya Seabrooks, Radcliff city councilor and community change agent, who passed away last year, Maria Bell decided to coordinate the annual free Christmas dinner.
The goal of the free Saturday feast distributed by the Colvin Community Center was 500 meals. Bell said on Sunday that volunteers distributed about 547 of them.
More than 50 volunteers moved away from their own Christmas celebrations to work at the dinner, which ran from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
She said volunteers were constantly coming in and out of the gate to deliver to various locations. For example, she said that a volunteer went door-to-door at a local mobile home park.
“Every time I went to the kitchen … all those voices of people communicating
with each other ”, she
Kristen Marsh, whose family lives near Vine Grove and Flaherty, volunteered to cook meals on Saturday.
She said they were originally going to provide 35 pounds of sweet potatoes, but decided to make casseroles of sweet potatoes instead.
These were brought in by the Radcliff Fire Department since Marsh’s husband is Lt. Tim Marsh of the department. Due to her husband’s job and also because her son-in-law is a police officer, Marsh said the holiday season doesn’t usually happen on Christmas Day and that they want to do something about the holidays. to give back.
Most people came to pick up meals, Marsh said, and demand was steady with orders throughout the six hours, with constant pickups and deliveries.
“I feel very lucky to be able to be a part of it and to witness all that Maria does for the community,” said Marsh.
Bell, who hosted the dinner through a non-profit organization she formed called Be The Change, said the next event of this scale is scheduled for Valentine’s Day. February 13, where meals will be distributed to those in need of food to celebrate the feast of love. She hopes to find volunteers again so that deliveries can be made.
Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or [email protected]