Communities by definition are places where diverse interests and points of view interact.
But whether it is rallying around the local school, a local industry, committing to a public project, or putting personal time on hold to help with community needs, it is at times of coming together that a community truly identifies itself.
Such a time of coming together took place for Cedaredge and the Surface Creek Community at the Stolte Shed on Christmas Day as the work of dozens of volunteers came to fruition hosting the annual Community Christmas Dinner.
This year, the Cedaredge Rotary Club stepped up to spearhead and organize the event that has become a holiday tradition. The growing popularity of the free community meal has in recent years strained the resources of a few dedicated volunteers who had formed the core supporters since the beginning.
Appeals for more help were answered by the Rotarians this year who took on the central role of organizing and staging the dinner.
Rotarian Linda Dysart helped by coordinating work. She said that enough food for 250 meals was prepared by the volunteer chefs. But an after-event report said that there were 319 meals served at the Stolte that day, and nobody went away hungry.
Dysart said that 70 people in the community answered the Rotary's call for volunteer help to prepare food, serve guests, set up the room and clean up afterward. She was overwhelmed by the generous response of the community.
"It is all just wonderful," she said at the Stolte Shed that day surrounded by guests as she helped them find seating. "I feel almost like crying" for happiness.blog comments powered by Disqus