Volunteers needed to help with dinner

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 12/12/17

After providing Thanksgiving dinner to about 1,000 people last month, Geraldine Singleton immediately got busy organizing Christmas dinner for the elderly, the homebound and "anyone who needs a Christmas dinner." That dinner will be served Sunday …

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After providing Thanksgiving dinner to about 1,000 people last month, Geraldine Singleton immediately got busy organizing Christmas dinner for the elderly, the homebound and "anyone who needs a Christmas dinner." That dinner will be served Sunday from noon to about 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club on the corner of South Sumter Street and Atlantic Avenue.

But first, the 74-year-old Singleton said, she needs the assistance of volunteers to complete the Christmas menu, to help cook, serve and deliver meals to the homebound elderly.

"We'll be serving ham, chicken, vegetables and dessert," she said. "We especially need desserts. People can bring dishes (to the Boys & Girls Club) on Sunday."

While she personally buys food and also does much of the cooking at her home and in the kitchen at the Church of the Holy Comforter, Singleton also depends on donations from individuals and businesses and on volunteers.

It's a monumental task to feed and serve 1,000, and Singleton said it's still hard for her to ask for help. The upside of that, she said, is that donors and volunteers thank her for letting them help.

"They say it makes them feel good," Singleton said. "It makes me feel good, too, to help people who might not have a Christmas dinner and to see people so willing to help them.

"One of the greatest helps (in addition to Holy Comforter's donating the use of their large kitchen) is that Sumter Cut Rate lets me sit in the coffee shop in the mornings so people can meet me to make donations or volunteer." She always sits in the same corner, which she calls her "office."

In addition to the meals, Singleton will have a "clothing giveaway and entertainment at the dinner. We'll have Christmas carols, too."

The Rev. Joshua DuPree will speak briefly and offer a blessing of the meal and those present, she said.

If you'd like to donate food or money or volunteer to help serve or deliver meals to the homebound to help with the annual Christmas dinner, you can meet Geraldine Singleton at Sumter Cut Rate Soda Fountain from about 10 a.m. weekdays for an hour or two; or call her at (803) 775-2047.