In keeping with a Stephenville tradition that’s been around for years, a group of volunteers from Graham Street Church of Christ will prepare a free, traditional Christmas meal for hundreds of people in the community.

This year’s event will take place from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the church’s Family Center located on Graham Street. 

“This is something we look forward to every year,” said volunteer Le Jones. “We start cooking on Saturday and cook for four days straight after that. Last year we served 820 people and this year we are hoping to serve 1,000.”

Jones said it takes about 100 volunteers to cook and serve the feast, which will include turkey, dressing, green beans, yams, cranberry sauce, rolls and apple crisp.

The event will also include a visit from Santa, candy canes for the kids and a raffle for a gift basket.

“Everyone is invited,” Jones said. “This is our Christmas gift to the community.”