One Ohio Valley church has long-standing tradition of free community Christmas Day dinner


At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the tradition is still going strong.

They’re making their list and checking it twice, planning every aspect of the dinner that always draws hundreds of people of all ages to the church on South Penn Street, Wheeling Island.

The doors will open at 10 o’clock on Christmas morning as usual, for coffee and doughnuts.

Then the dinner itself will be served from noon to 3 p.m.

Now here’s an important note for anyone coming to get take-outs for groups or shut-ins.

The time to come to pick those up is 1 p.m. or later.

The dinner itself is as traditional as it gets.

“We are having turkey and stuffing and ham and all the fixings,” said Judy Rebich of St. Luke’s. “So please, everybody come, you are welcome. Santa will be here. And we could really use desserts. If someone would like to call the church on Christmas Eve and bring it over on Christmas Eve, that would be wonderful.”

Speaking of Christmas Eve, they’re also giving away fresh fruits and vegetables at St. Luke’s, from 9 a.m. to noon on Christmas Eve day.

Everything from oranges and apples to tomatoes and potatoes, and there are literally truckloads of it, and it’s all free, thanks to a generous donation from Jebbia’s Market.

So whether you’re hungry, lonely or you just don’t feel like cooking, St. Luke’s has what you need on Christmas Eve morning and on Christmas Day afternoon.

And they will hold their church service at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve and as always, everyone’s welcome to attend.

To arrange to donate desserts or volunteer to help for the Christmas Day Dinner, you can call (304) 232-2395.

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