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A hot Christmas dinner will be on offer to all this Thursday, Dec. 25, as Operation Christmas Spirit swings into action at the Lincoln City Community Center.

Staff from Chinook Winds Casino Resort are spearheading the event, supported by generous local volunteers and businesses.

Lincoln City resident Betty Fry founded the event several years ago to feed people that might otherwise have a bleak and hungry holiday, or simply be alone for their holiday meal. Operation Christmas Spirit is now sponsored by Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Lincoln City Community Center, The News Guard and North Lincoln Sanitary Service, which provides free garbage pick-up after the event.

Families and individuals are welcome at the heartwarming celebration, which includes Christmas music and a complete hot holiday meal, offered from 11 am to 2 pm at the center, 2150 NE Oar Place.

If you know someone in need of a meal who is unable to attend, feel free to stop by and pick up a meal to deliver. Meals can be picked up from 10 am to 2 pm on Christmas Day. North County School Families are encouraged to sign up for meal pickup at Taft High School with Sandie Tucker.

The program still needs desserts to round out the tasty holiday meal. Organizers said they have been able to depend on the community’s generous bakers’ contributions in years past.

Those who would like to contribute a dessert should drop it off at the Lincoln City Community Center between noon and 4 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 24, or 8 am and 11 am on Christmas Day.

Blankets or other new items that might keep people warm this winter, can be dropped off at the Little Antique Mall, Lincoln City Community Center or North Lincoln Sanitary through Monday, Dec. 23.

For further information or to volunteer your time on Christmas Day, contact Heather Hatton at 541-996-5766.

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