Benevolence reach shorter this holiday

Dec. 23, 2013 @ 09:02 PM

Christmas Day is traditionally a day of feasting and the exchange of gifts.

But the Henderson community that reaches out to those in need will have a little shorter reach this Christmas Day.

Most Henderson organizations that offer meals for those in need throughout the year won’t be providing meals on Christmas Day.

Area Christians Together in Service invited members of the community to a dinner to celebrate Christmas on Monday. ACTS, which provided a meal on Thanksgiving Day, will be closed on Christmas Day.

Capt. Rick Langley said the Salvation Army will be also closed. The Salvation Army also served a Thanksgiving meal.

The So-ul Delicious Restaurant at 1502 Raleigh Road will be closed on Christmas Day. Operated by Rock of Prayer and Deliverance Church, the eatery was another that served dinner on Thanksgiving.

Lifeline Outreach at 2014 Raleigh Road celebrated Christmas with its residents on Monday evening, according to Dorothy Hunt, executive director.

On Christmas Day, residents will be with their families, Hunt said.

“The only ones here will be those with no families,” Hunt said.

Lifeline Outreach will assist families that are preparing their Christmas dinners.

“We’ll be giving food away on Tuesday until it gives out,” she said. “We’ll do it again on Friday.”

Antoine Hargrove said the House of Jabez Youth Outreach Center will have a holiday food giveaway today at Platinum Cuts Barbershop in Marketplace Shopping Center, 997 South Beckford Drive.

“It will be from noon as long as the supply lasts,” Hargrove said.

The soup kitchen at Davis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 742 N. Chestnut Street, will be open today and Thursday from 11 a.m. until noon, according to a listing submitted to the Faith Section of Saturday’s Dispatch.

The Faith Section contained no listings announcing meals to be served on Christmas Day.

Schania Gales at the Vance County Senior Center said a Christmas celebration was held there last week. The center will be closed on Christmas Day.

Jane King, who does scheduling for the men’s homeless shelter at First Presbyterian Church, said the shelter will be open at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Day for men who wish to spend the night.

“It will be just the usual dinner meal, unless the volunteers want to do something special,” she said.

 

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.