Kokomo — Judy Favors summed up preparations for her annual Christmas dinner with two words: “not well.”
“I need a lot of help,” she said as she sat in her living Thursday. The adjoining front hallway, where she stashes food donations for the meal that feeds hundreds of people every year, had a nearly non-existent pile of supplies.
Favors began the dinner more than a decade ago with her husband, Russ.
The first year, they fed about 100 people in their home. Last year, about 500 people ate at The Carpenter’s House church in northern Kokomo, while volunteers delivered an additional 300 meals.
Favors expects 1,000 people to eat this Dec. 25.
The Favors’ dinner, which is heading into its 16th year, earned the couple a key to the city of Kokomo, which Judy proudly pointed to on her living room wall. This year’s dinner is the second that Judy has organized without husband Russ, who died in early 2010.
About $50 in donations have trickled in so far this year, as well as handfuls of food.
The dinner still needs eight turkeys and 18 hams, along with all the trimmings, beverages and supplies. A complete list is available at Gordon Food Service.
“The last two years is when the economy went bad, and that’s when donations went down,” she said.
Volunteers are also in-demand.
Preparation day on Dec. 23 has enough people, she said, but she needs more people to help on Christmas.
“I just need help,” she said. “There’s always jobs to do.”
Anyone interested in signing up to volunteer can call Favors at 765-457-3853.
Donations may be dropped off or mailed to 402 E. Mulberry St.
• Daniel Human is the Kokomo Tribune business reporter. He can be reached at 765-454-8570 or at daniel.human@ kokomotribune.com.