GILFORD — People who are alone for the holiday can brighten their day by taking part in a free Christmas meal at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford.
The members of the congregation along with about 50 or so community volunteers have been serving a free meal on Christmas afternoon for the last 17 years. The meal consists of ham and all the trimmings including candied carrots, stuffing, potatoes, salad, beverages and homemade pie. Carols are sung and good memories are shared of holidays past. There are homemade goodies and plenty of laughter.
Meal organizer Jessica Alward says, "We try to do this meal up right. It is really top drawer. China place settings and linen table cloths are part of how we try to make this feel like a very special Christmas dinner at home. The folks seem to love it, especially the Christmas tree in the dining room and singing carols during the fellowship hour prior to dinner. I just love hearing all the laughter in the room and seeing the smiles on people's faces."