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     December 13, 2019      #24-347 KDJ

Annual Christmas Day Dinner to feed 1,250 

By Phil Angelo

KANKAKEE — It is now one of the area’s oldest Christmas traditions. For the 25th year, the 2019 Christmas Day Dinner will provide a free holiday meal on Dec. 25. The dinner will be offered at nine locations in Kankakee County. To attend, you must make a reservation by Friday, Dec. 20, by calling 815-614-2697.

Last year, 1,250 meals were served. That number has been pretty steady in recent years, says Randy Van Fossan, chairman of the event.

Joe Hayward, 83, of St. Anne, hand makes wooden toy pick-up trucks, tank trucks and car roadsters to give away to children. In his wood shop, Hayward attaches wheels to a tanker truck. Daily Journal photos/Laura McElroy

The longtime charity grew out of a missions committee at Grace Community United Methodist Church. The committee wanted to expand ...

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