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Red Cross to host Christmas dinner for nearly 5,000

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Call it a Christmas tradition if you will, but quite a few volunteers are already prepping to feed a holiday dinner to nearly 5,000 people along the Grand Strand on Christmas Day.

For the 22nd year in a row, the Red Cross Christmas Day Dinner will be the place to be for anyone who needs a free, hot meal.

Volunteers have been preparing the massive feast since Monday, complete with 275 turkeys, one ton of stuffing and more than 1,000 pounds of yams, mashed potatoes and green beans.

One thing the event will be without this year, however, is a transit bus provided by the Coast RTA. Officials say underlying issues are preventing the Coast RTA from providing a bus for the 2010 dinner.

A good Samaritan group out of Socastee has offered to provide shuttle service to those interested in participating in the dinner on Saturday afternoon. Officials with the Red Cross say the shuttle will be providing transportation for people near Myrtle Beach's Street Reach and Chapin Park.

The Red Cross expects to provide nearly 4,500 meals, including home deliveries to those unable to get to a site. The cost is expected to exceed $12,000 and is funded through Bi-Lo Charities and donations from the community.

Locations and times are as follows:

  • Myrtle Beach: St. John's Greek Orthodox Church at 3301 Hwy 17 Bypass from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Murrells Inlet: Belin United Methodist Church at 4183 Hwy 17 S. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • North Myrtle Beach: Risen Christ Lutheran Church at 10595 Hwy 17 N. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Andrews: Trinity United Methodist Church at 205 S. Rosemary Ave. from noon to 2 p.m.

The Red Cross expects to provide nearly 4,500 meals, including home deliveries to those unable to get to a site. The cost is expected to exceed $12,000 and is funded through Bi-Lo Charities and donations from the community.

To make a contribution, a check can be mailed to the Coastal South Carolina Chapter, American Red Cross, 3531 Pampas Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 in Horry Co. or 537 Lafayette Circle, Georgetown, SC 29440.

To make a credit card donation, call 843-477-0020 or 843-546-5422.

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