MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The American Red Cross Christmas Dinner will be kicking off tomorrow after months of preparation.
Volunteers have been putting together the finishing touches on the preparations to make 7000 meals for tomorrow's Christmas Dinner. One volunteer is overcoming a major obstacle, but she says she wouldn't miss this for the world.
"In February, I hit a little bump in the road when I had a mammogram and it did not turn out the way I would've liked," said Janet Rod.
Rod said the first year she moved to the Myrtle Beach area, she had no clue about the dinner. But after she saw it being covered on TV, she knew it was something she wanted to be a part of for years to come. Being able to help families… as the Red Cross has helped hers.
"My son lived in Barefoot and was one of the people who lost his home there during the fires. The Red Cross did an amazing job for them and I wanted to give back."
Rod said her niche is at the carving station, but bad news earlier this year threatened to leave her space at the station empty.
"I told them back in February, I don't care what we have to do, but it all had to be done before the Red Cross Christmas dinner because I was going to be doing this. And I managed to finish up two weeks before we started."
"Just the overall purpose of it and to see how generous people are," said Minna French, who was been volunteering for two years.
"So it's a good thing," said Rod. "It's amazing the job they do and they get it all done. Christmas Day, you would not recognize this room, it is amazing."