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Wausau Christmas dinner has grown significantly

  • Associated Press
  • December 23, 2013 - 8:05 AM

WAUSAU, Wis. — Doris Huckbody believes no one should be alone on Christmas.

So, in 1968, she and others delivered 10 dinners to lonely Wausau-area residents. Huckbody prepared the turkey and side dishes; her son, Lee Huckbody, helped deliver the meals.

Since then, the event has grown into a community Christmas dinner at the First United Methodist Church in Wausau.

About 300 meals will be delivered on Christmas Day to homebound residents. About 200 are expected at the church, according to the Daily Herald Media (http://wdhne.ws/1c2gaek ).

"Never in a million years did I think this was going to get so big," said 82-year-old Huckbody of Wausau, who no longer coordinates the event but continues to volunteer. Lee Huckbody and his five children are also regular volunteers.

Barbara Hunger, who is coordinating the dinner this year, said the event is free to anyone.

"No one should have to be alone, and we're here to see that no one has to be," Hunger said.

Each person who attends or receives a meal at home also will receive a care package with flowers, fruit, candy and cookies, thanks to a donor who prefers to remain anonymous, Hunger said.

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