PENDLETON — Although the Blue Mountain Community College annual Christmas Eve dinner has been canceled because of COVID-19, other groups have stepped up to ensure people can enjoy a nice holiday meal.

The Pendleton Community Action Coalition, Altrusa International of Pendleton, Umatilla County Responds, The Salvation Army-Pendleton Corps and Neighbor 2 Neighbor Pendleton joined forces in working together to offer a dinner on Christmas Day.

The free Community Christmas Dinner will feature in-person pickups or deliveries for 250-plus people in need or those impacted by COVID-19 in the communities of Pendleton and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The meal is available Friday, Dec. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 150 S.E. Emigrant Ave., Pendleton. For additional details, visit

The menu includes turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, deviled eggs, bread rolls, cranberry sauce, pie with whipped cream, a fruit mix and water or juice.

Briana Spencer said the effort is “a great way to end a difficult year by serving each other."

Financial donations are being accepted through Sunday, Dec. 20. They can be made online at or a check can be dropped off or sent to Neighbor 2 Neighbor Pendleton, 715 S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801. Donations need to say “Christmas Dinner” on them.

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