Goldman said the feeling of giving back and serving food for those less fortunate is what the holiday season is all about for him.
“It doesn't take long for you to catch the fever when you go down there,” he said. “It's not just important to the people we are serving, but also to the community. We heard the community's message loud and clear, ‘This dinner should not go away.'”
Gary Goldman, Robert Goldman's nephew, is in charge of the food at the dinner this year.
He said the goal of the dinner is to make it feel like a traditional Christmas dinner at home, but with a few thousand more guests.
“Not only are they getting fed,” he said. “They are getting fed the same food that you would get at your home. They are getting turkey and fresh-made gravy and fresh dinner rolls and a choice of pecan or pumpkin pie with whipped cream. ... We place a great impact on the quality of food to make it a quality experience.”
Event organizers said they are still looking for toys to give to kids, and they also need more volunteers.
“We are just a small part of this deal, and we don't need to be known as the group who saved the dinner,” Robert Goldman said. “People just want to give back to the community, and that's what the Christmas spirit is all about.”