Local family to offer Christmas dinner to patrons
Two years ago as it learned of bad news, Baldwin’s Caldwell-Crossley family chose to focus on its blessings.
“My husband (Calvin Crossley) found out he was going to lose his job,” said Sheri Caldwell-Crossley. “All our kids said, ‘We have everything we need. We want to do something to share our blessings with everyone else.’”
The result was a community Christmas dinner. With the help of Baldwin American Legion Post, the Amazing Grace Community Church and generous residents, the family will have its third Christmas Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall, Eighth and High streets.
The goal is to provide a place for all to celebrate Christmas and offer a free meal that could make the holiday more special.
“If we can save anybody some money so they can have another meal at home or buy a gift for their child, that’s what we want to do,” Caldwell-Crossley said. “Police, firefighters, first responders or anybody on duty is welcome to attend and usually do.”
Those attending will find a homemade traditional meal her husband and daughter Brooke Crossley have been busy preparing, Caldwell-Crossley said. Others also contribute to the meal and the family welcomes Christmas Day additions of turkey, ham, potatoes, and other traditional holiday dishes and desserts.
There will be games, sing-a-longs and a harpist to provide entertainment.
Meals will be delivered to those unable to attend. To make arrangements for a delivery or a ride to the dinner call (913) 220-1215.
For information on cash donations call: Jay Randels at Baldwin State Bank (785) 594-6421 or Caldwell-Crossley (913) 220-1215.