Thousands fed at annual Christmas dinner in Stephen County

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The 29th annual Christmas dinner at the Stephens County Fairgrounds fed thousands of mouths, but it also saw scores of volunteers who spent Christmas day away from their families in order to provide a meal to the community.

For nearly three decades, those young and young at heart in Duncan look forward to the annual Christmas day feast.

“The great thing about it is you see people from all walks of life that come,” Sheila Youngblood said. “You see people that need to be here, right because they need the food and then you also see folks that this is where they choose to come on Christmas morning. 

For 5 years, Sheila and her family have been helping to put smiles on faces at the dinner founded by Sony Webb.

“This season and really all of our life is not about what we get but it should be about what we are giving,” Youngblood said. 

“We’re so worried about the things that we might be getting, that my mom wrapped or that Santa brought in our stocking but it’s really just about the things that others need and not want,” Emma Youngblood said. 

And so Sonny, with the help of Gary Douglas, have set a trend many continue to follow.

Each year, it takes hundreds of volunteers to feed thousands of mouths in Stephen County. This year over 200 people showed out for a long-standing tradition. 

The dinner is strictly donation driven, the goal? No one eats alone on Christmas.

“It’s all about Jesus,” Gary Douglas said. 

“I just think it’s what you should do,” Sonny Webb added.

And just like that, another year of food, fun, and fellowship is complete!

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