Watered Gardens hosts annual Community Christmas dinner - KOAM TV 7

Watered Gardens hosts annual Community Christmas dinner

Watered Gardens in Joplin helped provide a happier holiday on Tuesday by holding its Community Christmas.

A church service and raffle began the annual tradition for the non-profit. Then they served around 150 people a traditional Christmas dinner.

They offered turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and more.

About 25 volunteers helped with Tuesday's annual Christmas festivities.

"It'll be anything from a blessing, because we gave away a gift card to somebody, or a bicycle to someone, but it could also be a life saving day for someone," says James Whitford, the Director of Watered Gardens Rescue Mission.

"I'm really thrilled to be here today and I'm thankful that they have this because it's really desperately needed here in town," says Joplin resident Donita Allen.  "It is desperately needed.  There's people under the bridges last night sleeping here in town."

There are a number of area community Christmas dinners on Wednesday, including...

Neosho Community Christmas Dinner
Civic Center
203 E. Main St.
Neosho, MO

First Community Church
2007 E. 15th St.

Joplin Salvation Army
320 E. Eighth St.
Starts 11am

Souls Harbor
915 S Main St
Brunch starts 8:30am

Carthage Crisis Center
100 Main St

Presbyterian Church
520 N. Pine St.

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