FAQs

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When and where is dinner served?
The annual Community Christmas Dinner takes place on Christmas Day, December 25th, from 12:30 -5:00 PM in the Immaculata Catholic School gymnasium, 711 Buncombe Street, Hendersonville, NC

Who attends the Christmas Day Dinner?
How are guests invited? We have an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us for dinner. We work with community organizations and media to spread the word.

Who runs the Christmas Day Dinner?
We have a core group in leadership, Bounty of Bethlehem. The event is sponsored entirely by the community – all aspects of the event are provided free of charge to guests thanks to the hundreds of restaurants, merchants, individuals and volunteers who donate whatever is needed to continue this Christmas tradition. There is a core leadership group that keeps the focus the community meal. Click on our donation tab to find out more about how to make a donation.

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What type of volunteers are needed?

Everyone’s help makes a difference.

There are various volunteer opportunities both big and small which need to be filled many months before the event, as well as on the day of and the day after. Please click on the volunteer tab to learn how you can help.

Various types of donation drives can be organized by organizations, churches, schools or individuals.

What percentage of donations goes towards the Community Christmas Day Dinner?
100% of the items donated are used to support the success of the dinner or to provide assistance to people in our community during and after the event. Remaining donations are given out to various local programs and services after the dinner to further support outreach to those in need.

I am with the press―who can I contact for an interview?
Press interviews are available upon request.
Please contact Annamarie Jakubielski at (828) 699-6996 or email Annamarie@Jakubielski.com

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How should volunteers dress for the Dinner?
Please wear clothing that’s appropriate for your volunteer function. But feel free to be festive!

What about security for volunteers belongings?
Each day is a little different. There will be a place to put your coat, but please leave your valuables at home. Ladies, your purse would be better left in your vehicle’s trunk.

How does Santa give?
Every child, ages 0-12, that attends dinner is welcome to sit with Santa and receive a gift.

What is served for the meal?
The meal itself has always included such Christmas dinner staples as turkey and ham. Other meats have been added including brisket and pot roast. Favorite sides are a must with dishes of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams, and of course stuffing and cranberry sauce. A sweet finish is included with cookies, cakes, brownies, pies, and more from local bakers, both private and commercial.

Fun Facts:
For our 2016 year, we received: 194 turkeys and 97 hams,

We served 2,354 meals including:
965 in the dining room
393 Meals on Wheels, Police, Fire, & Shut-ins
646 Take outs
250 Volunteers

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