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Westport's Saugatuck Congregational Church Opens Doors For Christmas Meal

Bob Mitchell gets poinsettias in place as the final touch for the church's Christmas day community luncheon.
Bob Mitchell gets poinsettias in place as the final touch for the church's Christmas day community luncheon. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Bob Mitchell and the Saugatuck Congregational Church have all the food ready to go for Christmas day.
Bob Mitchell and the Saugatuck Congregational Church have all the food ready to go for Christmas day. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Some of the pies ready for Friday's lunch.
Some of the pies ready for Friday's lunch. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Saugatuck Congregational Church is set up for its annual Christmas day community luncheon.
The Saugatuck Congregational Church is set up for its annual Christmas day community luncheon. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

WESTPORT, Conn. — Volunteers at the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport were busy Thursday, preparing for a Christmas Day luncheon for the community.

The luncheon is open to anyone, and all are welcome to attend on Friday, Bob Mitchell, coordinator of the luncheon, told Daily Voice.

"The church does this every year," Mitchell said. "The last few years, it's been at a different venue. It's not a full-cooked feast like Thanksgiving, but it's good food, and all donated. We have lots of volunteers, Santa Claus, presents, musicians."

The meal, which is free, is served up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25 in the church’s Hoskins Hall.

The church even offers rides for those who may not have a way to get out, Mitchell said.

"There are so many people who have no place to go on holidays," Mitchell said. "This gives them an opportunity to come out and get some good food, and enjoy good company. It's just a nice thing to do.

"We've been doing it for years and years, and we do it in conjunction with three other churches."

Co-sponsoring the reception are Temple Israel, the Unitarian Church in Westport, and the United Methodist Church of Westport/Weston.

Anyone who needs a ride to or from the event, or who would like food delivered, can call Saugatuck Congregational Church at 203-227-1261.

Saugatuck Congregational Church is located at 245 Post Road E. in Westport. For more information, visit its website .

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