For immediate release:
Dec. 8, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) is requesting help from the community to make the annual Spirit of Christmas Dinner a great success again this year.
The dinner will be held on Thursday, Dec. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m., inside the Ivy Tech Gary Campus building, 1440 E. 35th Ave.
“This wonderful tradition has grown in popularity over the years,” said Rep. Smith. “I am pleased with the success and gratified to be blessed with the honor of serving the hungry, the poor, and the senior citizens and others who have no one else with whom to share the holiday.
“However, that success means there is a need for more food as well as an even greater investment of money and time,” added Rep. Smith. “I ask those in the community who have the means to share donations of time and talent.
“There is no better way to realize the true meaning of Christmas than to serve others in need much as the Holy Family was in need on that fateful, winter night,” reflected Rep. Smith.
“There was no room at the inn for that beautiful, young, pregnant woman, ready to give birth at any hour, and her loving husband. Let us think of that blessed mother, Mary, her divine baby, Jesus, and her supportive husband, Joseph, and see them in the poor who live among us. Let us welcome our sisters and brothers in need like family as we would the Holy Family.”
Rep. Smith holds the Spirit of Christmas Dinner every year to honor his deceased mother, the Rev. Julia E. Smith, and a teacher, Patricia Tillotson, who made a significant impact in his life.
Transportation is available to the dinner. Call Rep. Smith at 887-2046 to schedule transportation, to reserve a place for dinner, to donate, to volunteer to help with the dinner, or to obtain additional information about the Spirit of Christmas Dinner.
The event is primarily for residents of Gary, Merrillville, Griffith, New Chicago, Lake Station, and Hobart. However, Rep. Smith said anyone from Lake County or anywhere else is genuinely welcome to share the holiday and a good meal at the Spirit of Christmas Dinner.