MADISON (WKOW) -- Christmas Eve is often a day of preparations for organizations helping those in need for the holidays.
A lot of planning has gone into the First United Methodist Church's Christmas dinner. Director of Outreach Ministries Karen Andro said they plan on feeding about 500 people and delivering 300 more meals to individual homes.
The Church's tradition has been going on for 30 years and continues to grow, according to Andro. Monday, volunteers got into the kitchen to prepare ham, corn bread stuffing, herb roasted potatoes, vegetables and much more. "I've never seen a spread like this before and I think they're going to be very happy," volunteer Hazel M. Pearson said.
They also set up the room that will host the homeless and anyone else who wishes to join in for the feast. "It really is a diverse group of church members, community folks, people downtown, our homeless brothers and sisters -- people who want to be with members of the community and enjoy a Christmas meal," Andro said. The meal is still open to anyone to wishes to join them at 203 Wisconsin Avenue in Madison. The dining room will open at noon.
For the Salvation Army, Monday is the last day that their volunteers can ring bells for the holiday Red Kettle Campaign. Dane County Coordinator Major Loren Carter said it's been a tough year.
"We missed all day Thursday because of the snow storm," Carter said. On the last day of collecting, Carter estimates their $150,000 to $200,000 behind their goal of $700,000. But he said Christmas Eve is a popular day for collecting donations and more money could come in that hasn't been counted yet.
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