Toys, clothing, money and volunteers are needed by organizers of the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner, which feeds thousands each year. A drop-off location for gifts is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at 1631 N Meridian Ave.
Needed are new toys, gifts for teenagers and new clothing of all sizes for children and adults, said Pam Nobles, who organizes the event with her mother, Betty McCord. McCord is the niece of the late state Rep. Red Andrews, who started the annual holiday dinner in the 1940s. The family has been organizing the dinner for more than 30 years. Nobles said she expects more than 5,000 people to attend this year’s Christmas Day dinner. "I’ve done this dinner all my life,” Nobles said. "There are so many people down there that have no food, no nothing. It’s important that this dinner goes on. They look forward to it every year.” The dinner will start at 10 a.m. Christmas Day at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. The event usually depends on about 1,000 volunteers, she said. To learn about volunteering for the event or to make a donation, call Nobles at 948-2720.
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