NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) – Norman community members are coming together this Christmas Day to provide good food and good company.
The free Christmas Day Community Dinner is being held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Norman High School cafeteria, 911 W. Main St.
The dinner is an annual tradition and serves a truly noble purpose: “No one should be alone.”
Dinner founder Bob Magarian and a team of about 200 volunteers are working hard, getting everything ready for dinner offering traditional Christmas food, toys, and warm clothes.
Magarian said God blessed him with divine inspiration in 1985, giving him the idea for dinner.
He has a new special purpose: to host a community dinner and to provide a holiday auspicious for those who normally miss out on the comforts of Christmas.
“I didn’t think I could do it. I’ve been told by Norman’s agencies that we don’t need it. The Holy Ghost moved me, even though I didn’t want to,” he said.
Magarian hosted her first Christmas Day Community Dinner in 1987, feeding just 24 people.
More than 2,000 people are expected to be served today during the dinner.
The dinner is open to the needy and anyone who wants to join the community’s Christmas spirit.
College students, faculty, senior citizens and families of all ages have become trusted guests at dinner..
Food and delivery services are offered and expanded this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Masks will be provided during dinner but not required.
Magarian hopes community members from all backgrounds and income levels are present to participate in Christmas food and closeness.
“The emphasis [is on] dinner for everyone. ”
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