The volunteers behind the American Red Cross Christmas Dinner

The volunteers behind the American Red Cross Christmas Dinner

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.

That is what keeps these volunteers going. They plan to spend their Christmas morning giving back in a huge way. The American Red Cross Christmas dinner started after Hurricane Hugo when they could only feed a few hundred people.

"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."

December 24th, Christmas Eve:

Trinity United Methodist Church

205 S. Rosemary Ave.

Andrews SC 29510


Serving from 12-2pm

December 25th, Christmas Day:

St. John the Baptist

Greek Orthodox Church

3301 Hwy 17 Bypass

Myrtle Beach SC 29577

Serving from 1-3 pm

Risen Christ Lutheran Church

10595 Hwy 17 North

N. Myrtle Beach SC 29572

(next to Barefoot Landing)

Serving from 1-3 pm

Belin Memorial United Methodist Church

4182 Hwy 17 Business

Murrells Inlet SC 29576

Serving from 1-3 pm

Transportation to St John's Greek Church from Street Reach will be provided starting at noon.