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Christmas Meal Gets Financial Help

Appleton -

After making a plea for donations last Friday -- organizers of a Christmas meal benefiting the less fortunate are getting some help.

So far, half the money needed to cover the cost has been raised.

With the help of a long list of volunteers, organizers of a Christmas meal at the Moose Lodge in Appleton, are busy preparing food, and setting up tables.

For many, it's hard work, that's also a holiday tradition.

Chef Todd Zoromski, a volunteer, said, "We started out thru the American Culinary Federation, with us, and it just evolved. It's part of the community. I enjoy doing it. I've been doing it a long time."

The event was started in the mid 1980's, to benefit the less fortunate, and provide a place to go, for people who might be alone.

While volunteers have been plentiful, cash donations have been more a struggle... But organizers did receive a boost over the weekend, after revealing that a personal loan was taken out, to cover this year's meal.

Organizer Ed Rathsack said, "People have called, volunteered, donated some money. It's been very great. The outcry has been very good. It makes me feel good again. So, we're looking not as bad as we were. If it was a business, we'd be hurting, but being a charity, we'll manage."

The lodge expects to serve about two thousand meals inside on Christmas Day. That's on top of another 500 scheduled for home delivery.

Zoromski said, "We have volunteers for home deliveries, we have volunteers for serving, we have volunteers that sit at the table, and they will talk with the people. That's what is also important, to make them feel, like at home."

The lodge opens Christmas morning, at eleven.

 Donations can be sent to:  "We Care Meals" N2691 State Road 47, Appleton, WI 54913.

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