Christmas is supposed to be a time for family and friends to be together.
For many, the Christmas holidays are spent alone but a Henryetta man wants to change that.
Tristan Demmitt has organized a free community-wide Christmas dinner Dec. 22.
Set at the Henryetta civic center, the dinner will start at 6 p.m. with a full meal being served at 6:30.
“This all started by talking with people,” he said. “There is so much despair in the community and I felt there had to be a way to reach out.” He said there has been volunteers offering to donate hams, turkeys and other food as well as help with the cleanup after.
City officials got into the holiday spirit, waiving the normal rental fee for the civic center.
“We want to allow the entire community to come together and show there are people who care and want to show their love for each other.”
Demmitt said there is no charge for the dinner but, if anyone wants to bring food or desserts, they are more than welcome.
After the meal, everyone is invited to stay and enjoy a fellowship with each other and even sing some Christmas songs.
To get the word out, Demmitt has created a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/760673517423814/Anyone wishing to help or donate can contact him at 405-432-7093.