Dec. 28, 2019 — Dozens of members of Florence Elks Lodge #1858 spent their Christmas Day cooking and preparing food for hundreds of their neighbors. Lodge members cooked the traditional fare of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans and apple pie for the many families and individuals that have incorporated the free community meal into their holiday celebrations.
Peggy Mason has been attending the Christmas dinner for the past six years and has come to regard some of the people she has met over the years at the Christmas dinner as friends.
“Everyone here is really nice and the food is as good as any restaurant,” she said. “I can bring my kids and my mom, who is handicapped, here and she gets to say hi to old friends and to some new friends she has made over the past few years. It also means I can spend a little extra money on presents for the kids and still have a really good Christmas dinner for my family.”
Florence Elks Lodge offers the free Christmas Dinner annually, as well as hosting a free Christmas Party for area youth earlier in December.
“I really want to thank all of the people that help to make this such a special day for our community,” Mason said.