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JIM RADY, of Ironwood, receives a helping of ham from volunteer Jerry Wanink at Woodland Church, during a free Christmas meal, Wednesday in Ironwood.
IRONWOOD - Local residents sat down for a community Christmas meal at Woodland Church in Ironwood Wednesday.
This is the third year the event has taken place, and according to Pastor Mike Hill, the event gets more popular each year.
There is no cost for people to attend the meal, and Hill said helping people was an "indescribable good feeling."
"I truly believe this is what God would have us do," Hill said. "And that is taking care of each other."
Attendees dined on ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, rolls and lots of dessert.
The meal was prepared by 15-20 volunteers, not only members of Woodland Church, but others from around the community.
"That completes the holiday spirit," Hill said.
Attendee Pauline Salmi, of Ironwood, said without the meal, she would have been alone on Christmas Day.
She attended the meal last year, and was surprised by what she found.
"I was amazed at how many people attended," Salmi said. "It's so nice to be with people and some I hadn't seen all year long, it was so much fun. That is why I came back this year."
Salmi said she hopes more people will attend the event in the future.
"It's unbelievable," Salmi said. "It is such a nice place to be and I hope more people will come."
For more information about Woodland Church, the free Christmas dinner or other events, call 906-932-1102, or visit woodlandchurchironwood.com.