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Ogdensburg Amvets need volunteers and food for Christmas dinner

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An Ogdensburg tradition that has spanned nearly two decades will continue this year, as residents are invited to attend the free community Christmas dinner at the Wallace E. Rock Amvets Post 19, 215 Ford St.

In previous years, the Christmas Day event has provided a meal for as many as 600 area residents, many of whom are in need of a little assistance and companionship during the holidays, Amvets Commander Donald B. Cooke said Friday.

The post is looking for

volunteers to help prepare, serve and deliver the meal. They are asking for 30 to 40 volunteers from the community to serve as drivers and over 20 people to help the kitchen.

“We are starting to get calls for volunteers daily,” Mr. Cooke said. “But we will need as much help as we can get. We will need quite a few drivers.”

Takeouts will be delivered starting at 11:30 a.m. for shut-ins within the city. Dinner will be served in the dining hall starting at noon.

“We are encouraging people that are by themselves to come in and have a Christmas meal with us,” Mr. Cooke said.

The group is also looking for turkeys and chicken breasts to be dropped off by Dec. 17.

“We always put on a good meal,” Mr. Cooke said of the Amvets’ cooks who usually spend all day Christmas Eve preparing the meal. “On Christmas, everyone likes to be with their family, and our volunteers deserve a lot of credit.”

The group is also looking for donations.

Donations can be sent to the Wallace E. Rock Post 19, 215 Ford St., Ogdensburg, N.Y., 13669.

To volunteer, call 393-6140.

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