Large scale holiday dinner benefits Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There are several events highlighting the spirit of gift giving in the Grand Strand, and one rolls out a large scale holiday event every year in Myrtle Beach.

The local American Red Cross Chapter, local church groups and BiLo charities will host a Christmas dinner for the community Tuesday, Dec. 25.

It's considered a major production, as over the past few days dozens of volunteers have been prepping more than six thousand pounds of turkey and six thousand meals. Nearly two thousand people are expected to come and eat, while hundreds of other meals will be delivered to homes.

Organizers say from the people who sit down for the dinner, to the volunteers that prepare the meals, it's a great event for all involved.

"We have people that are here that just moved here," said volunteer chef Mark Rybicki. "People that lost their spouse. Or husband a wife. Or parents who want to teach their kids what it is to give or how much they have instead of what they don't have."

If people in the Grand Strand are looking for a way to spread some cheer for the holiday, there's still time for families to chip in. Donated unwrapped toys, clothes, and blankets will be accepted so they can be handed to people that need them at the Christmas dinner.

The event will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John's Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach. Similar dinners will be held at Belin United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet, Risen Christ Lutheran Church in Myrtle Beach, and Trinity United Methodist Church in Andrews.

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