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Norman's community Christmas dinner is Tuesday

Norman's annual communitywide Christmas dinner will happen on schedule Tuesday, no matter what the weather might be, organizer Bob Magarian says.
BY TAMI ALTHOFF Published: December 22, 2012

Magarian said donations from businesses and individuals are what make the event possible.

“This year Roland Lohmann of Lohmann's Good Things is providing all of the candy for Santa Claus, our home deliveries and the tables,” Magarian said.

Santa will hand out toys and gifts for those in attendance.

Items can be donated

Although he already has all the volunteers he needs, Magarian said donations of new toys are needed, as well as gloves, hats, scarves and personal care items for all ages, including adults.

Donations can be dropped off at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 1601 W Imhoff. Last-minute donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Norman High School.

“We will be there Christmas Eve morning working, so workers will be there if people have donations,” Magarian said. “They can just come through the front doors off Main Street.”

Magarian said volunteers will deliver the dinner to Meals on Wheels clients and to others in the community who aren't able to drive. Requests for meal deliveries will be taken until 5 p.m. Sunday at 364-3273.

Although he's been orchestrating the community dinner for more than two decades, Magarian said he has no plans to quit any time soon.

“I'll do it until I drop dead. My family is quite involved, and I have many volunteers who have been doing this for years. I'm confident that if anything ever happens, they'll be able to handle it,” he said.

“It's very rewarding,” he said. “I feel if you do good things for people, good will come to you.”


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