This year there will be no carry outs. “We are doing this because of the increasing cost of food and to keep the serving lines moving – one person one plate,” Lloyd Grubbs, President of the Chamber, stated in making the announcement. “We also feel a responsibility to our sponsors who have been so generous through the 19 years of the dinner to use their money wisely. This event is for everyone and we want them to come and eat together in the cafeteria. This was our original concept – to give the entire community an opportunity to get together and share a meal.”
The dinner is made possible through the support of Valero-Three Rivers Refinery, First National Bank and First State Bank. FCI-Three Rivers provides inmates to work in the kitchen preparing the food and to assist in the clean-up.
It will be a traditional Christmas dinner with turkey, homemade dressing and all the usual side dishes. Three Rivers churches are providing the desserts. Food will be delivered to shut-ins and those who do not drive by the Three Rivers Volunteer Fire Department. Names of shut-ins should be called to the Chamber at 786-4330. “We want to make sure that everyone who is not able to get to the dinner is served a good hot meal,” Grubbs concluded.
The Live Oak County Community Choir will perform their annual Christmas Cantata at 1:30 p.m. in the TRISD Auditorium next door to the cafeteria.