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Giving back at Christmas!
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Post# 911868   12/20/2016 at 00:19 (523 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington NC)        

We had a thread last year about being alone at Christmas.  While I am alone with no family and friends too far to go to, I am once again giving back to my community.

Last year with very little time a small number of us raised the $$ and put on a free Christmas Eve dinner for those alone, the seniors and whoever showed up!  We fed over 80 people!

This year we're doing it again!  We started fundraising earlier, shopping earlier and Saturday's the day!  The sign-up sheet is at over 90 people and won't close.  Our City leaders made a big contribution as did our Chamber of Commerce and we've even had donations from friends of mine in Seattle.  Instead of a birthday gift last month, they pooled together and gave me $120.00 for our cause!

I've been shopping, making deals and looking forward to this week.  One local grocery store donated the 7(!) turkeys I'll need.  So I've started cooking.  The picture shows the 80# of turkey I cooked today and there's 60# more tomorrow!   Wednesday is a prep day of onions, celery, red peppers and garlic and bacon.   Thursday is a morning of stuffing--it takes about 15 boxes of Mrs. Cubbinson's.  The afternoon is green beans forever!  24# to be exact!  A "kicked-up" green bean casserole.  Friday is our slice-a-thon of the turkey's and the 20# of ham and transporting all to the senior center and setting up.  Saturday is 144 Rhodes rolls, warming everything up and potatoes for 100!  That's deluxe Idahoan's from Sam's Club with a big kick of sour cream in them.  Desserts I'm glad to say I'm not involved in!.  I think I'm doing enough.  But wait!  I still have to cook on Christmas Day!  O.K., only me, a prime rib and champagne! I know it'll be PJ's all day!  I'll post about the chaos!


There is nothing more important this time of year than joining in and giving back!  Those of you in the big freeze can still go out and help!  Ask you church, senior center or other groups how YOU can help this Christmas!  There are SO many in need.  Get out in your community and help!  Greg

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Post# 911869 , Reply# 1   12/20/2016 at 00:29 (523 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

What a great way to help out in your community and bring people together for a Christmas meal. That's what the Christmas spirit is all about.

Post# 911920 , Reply# 2   12/20/2016 at 10:53 (522 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I think its important for my kids to participate, and give back where they can.....being adopted, we allow them to pick out a bunch of little toys to distribute to homeless/foster hopes they will appreciate what they have themselves...

we participate in the homeless job is too meaningless....its fun to interact with people of all sorts....

we also get to put together dinners in containers to distribute to the homeless who wont come to a shelter, and head out to the streets.....

its not much, but every little bit helps....I like knowing, and seeing, exactly where the funds are going...many stores will offer discounts if they know your purchasing items for a shelter/kitchen...

even cleaning out your closets of coats and blankets is a big help too!

the only thing that saddens me, is these people are only thought of during the holidays, they are cold and hungry every day of the year!....

Post# 911975 , Reply# 3   12/20/2016 at 21:43 (522 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington NC)        
Day two!

Operation Turkey is over!  I've roasted 133# of turkey in my GE profile range with superb results!  Using convection roast has been great and being able to put 2 birds side by side is even greater!  I used 4.5 qt. Pyrex pans with racks.  A little basting and the only seasoning is salt and pepper.  Out here in the country "citified" food gets noses out of joint!

I've also posting a picture of my kitchen to show how big this little  kitchen is and how functional.  I put lot's of thought into it!  There's also a shot of my pantry closet where my microwave and toaster oven reside.  I had enough moisture and smoke from the oven today that I'm glad I can turn my hood to 600 cfm!  Can't do that with an OVR!

Tomorrow start with errands-why is it that your printer runs out of ink the AFTER you've been to Office Depot?  Then an afternoon of the oven cleaning and me chopping, dicing and frying 3# of bacon! Happy Holidays!

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Post# 911983 , Reply# 4   12/20/2016 at 23:56 (522 days old) by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        

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Looks like a very efficient layout. And you're putting it to great use!

Post# 911986 , Reply# 5   12/21/2016 at 00:29 (522 days old) by luxflairguy (Wilmington NC)        

Thanks!  I try and thanks for not mention the word TURKEY!  It's going to another year before I can look at one again!  Greg

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