It’s a tradition that started small, and has grown steadily for a quarter of a century, a tradition of service and celebration.
On Christmas Day each year, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Wheeling Island serves a free dinner for the hungry, the lonely and the entire community.
The church has been at 200 South Penn Street since the 1800’s.
It’s a congregation known for its community outreach.
At this time of year, many organizations offer a meal or toys.
But St. Luke’s holds theirs on December 25.
It allows people to celebrate Christmas on Christmas!
“Years ago, the late Reverend Jim Kelley was given one turkey,” recalled Judy Rebich, parishioner. “He wasn’t sure if anyone would come, but he started it. And it’s been going ever since. Thank goodness, an anonymous donor has helped us or we wouldn’t be here today. There are so many other donations as well. We are very grateful for the people that give up their Christmas Day to come here and volunteer.”
The menu this year includes turkey and stuffing, ham, sweet potato casserole, pierogies, green beans, desserts and more.
Also they have fresh fruits and vegetables to take home afterward.
Doors open at 10 a.m. for coffee and doughnuts.
Dinner is served continuously from noon to 3 p.m.
And Santa visits the kids at 1:30 P.M.