Comm xmas dinner

Evangelina Olivera serves up pie during a past Blue Mountain Community College Christmas Eve dinner. In its 48th year, the free community meal is Monday, Dec. 24, from 2-4 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center.

The community is invited to a free Christmas Eve dinner presented by Blue Mountain Community College.

A ham dinner with all the trimmings, including dessert, will be served Sunday, Dec. 24 from 4-6 p.m. at the Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate. In addition, children are invited to take a special trip through Santa’s Toy Shop. Kids will be able to pose for photos with Santa and pick up a free present.

Organized by BMCC’s Associated Student Government, the annual dinner is in its 47th year. Typically averaging 500-600 people, the popular event moved to the convention center in order to more adequately serve the community. Even with the extreme weather during the 2016 holiday season, an additional 150-200 people attended.

Abby Pierson, BMCC outreach program assistant, said between the 743 people in attendance and the 60 volunteers that helped staff the event, more than 800 meals were served.

“It was extremely successful,” Pierson said.

The evening is made possible through generous donations of cash, toys and decorations. In addition to college staff and students, many people from the community volunteer their time to help make the event a success.

For more information, including how to get involved or make a donation, call Pierson at 541-278-5921 or Austin Shick at 541-278-5967.

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