ASHLAND, Ore. — For 34 years, the Ashland Christian Fellowship has served up Christmas dinner for anyone looking for company. This Christmas, Dezeria made her way to the old Ashland Armory from Eagle Point.
“I woke up this morning feeling a little bit lonely because I live by myself with my dog,” she said.
She has been a few times before and looks forward to good food and good company.
“I knew I was going to come here to be around people and acquaintances and have a good dinner,” said Dezeria.
More than 700 guests were expected to come through the door, and to put on the dinner, more than 200 volunteers help out.
Jim Fieguth has volunteered for several years now and says it has become part of his family’s Christmas tradition.
“We schedule it in and make sure that once our family traditions are done in the morning, we come down here and serve,” said Fieguth.
Fieguth said the annual dinner brings out the true Christmas spirit in the local community.
“There are so many folks that are hurting in this day and age, and you see all walks of life coming here for a free meal and just the fellowship is just so uplifting and it really blesses us,” said Fieguth.