Hannah Orell and Logan Sunnarborg help to prepare the dressing for the 33rd annual Sacred Heart Christmas Eve Dinner Thursday morning. Each year the National Honor Society and Junior National Honor Society members serve and deliver meals to 600 individuals in the community.
Volunteer Susan Gerke peers over her husband Earl Gerke’s shoulder as he types in the address for a meal delivery. The deliveries began at 11 a.m. and by 11:30 a.m. all of the drivers had completed their routes. The NHS and NJHS students prepared 126 meals to be delivered to the Pettis County Jail Thursday morning.
Sacred Heart National Honor Society President Olivia Sobaski removes a slice of pumpkin pie before placing it in a Styrofoam container for delivery. Sobaski and other volunteers sliced 100 pumpkin pies for the dinner. Sobaski said she had been volunteering at the meals since she was a little girl but as president of the organization the meal had become a source of pride in knowing that the students had helped so many others at Christmas.
Max Martin, a senior at SHS, dices his fifth onion of the morning. It was the first time he had ever sliced an onion and said he had a dozen to complete for the stuffing before his task was complete. The students served a traditional Christmas dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, rolls and pumpkin pie to 600 people Thursday morning.
Jim Buckley and Meredith Jarvis look at their route list before leaving to deliver meals Thursday morning for the SHS Christmas Eve Dinner. Each year alumni volunteers return to the school as part of their holiday traditions to help at the dinner. Jarvis, a 2004 graduate of the school, came from Charleston, South Carolina, to visit her family and help at the meal. Jarvis said she began volunteering at the dinner when she was a seventh grade student at Sacred Heart.
Members of the Sacred Heart National and National Junior Honor Societies prepare meals for delivery to area residents. The Christmas Eve Dinner, now in its 33rd year, serves about 600 people each year.
Karleigh Kennon, a third grade student at Sacred Heart, looks at a Christmas card she made before giving it to a volunteer to be delivered with a meal. Elementary students at Sacred Heart made cards and small gifts that were delivered with each meal.