The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 22, 2013

Our Daily Bread, Salvation Army will serve Christmas meals

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — On Christmas Day, most people will sit down to a sumptuous meal with their families after opening more Christmas presents than they can count.

But some people in Enid have nowhere to go and little to eat. For those who are left out of Christmas, there is Our Daily Bread and the Salvation Army.

Sandy Howard of Our Daily Bread said doors will open at 7 a.m. and close at noon, the same as every other day. Holiday dinner will include turkey and dressing, potatoes, gravy, hot rolls, a salad and pie.

“We normally have 100 to 120 on Christmas Day. That’s down from our usual daily number,” she said. Howard said many people who normally come to Our Daily Bread will share the holiday with family. “That takes care of some of them and I’m glad they get to do that,” Howard said.

Our Daily Bread has been offering a Christmas Day meal for anyone who wants to come for the past 15 years. It has offered daily meals for the past 30 years.

“It’s God’s house, and He takes care of it,” Howard said.

Enid Salvation Army also will provide an evening meal on Christmas. Capt. Ernest Hull said the meal will be a normal Christmas dinner.

“Typically, it’s not well-attended. We prepare for about 100, but last year, we had 25,” he said.

Hull said the meal will be held at the normal 6 p.m. time prepared as usual, by volunteers. This year will be a little different in that people will come in and sit down and be served just as if they are in a restaurant, he said. They may have as much as they want, and there is no charge.

“We’ll have turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and vegetables, plus dessert and coffee and tea,” Hull said. “Anybody in the community with no place to go, or wants to share a meal with others, is welcome,” he said.

Salvation Army has provided the Christmas meal as long as it has been in Enid. “It goes back to the ’60s,” Hull said.