MEDINA — Hundreds of people showed up for a Christmas Day dinner Tuesday, courtesy of the Medina Steak & Seafood Co.
This was the 10th year the eatery has offered free dinners on the holiday.
It also marks the largest turnout: an estimated 200 people.
“It’s open to anybody and everybody,” owner Ken Collins said. “I’m happy this year’s had such a big turnout.”
Collins said the dinner is meant for county residents who need the dinner or who don’t have anywhere else to go. Anyone is welcome.
In addition to about 200 dinners served at the restaurant, 538 W. Liberty St., Collins sends about 100 more dinners to the Medina County Home and to Medina Creative Housing.
The dinner at the restaurant, which lasted noon to 3 p.m., consisted of ham, potatoes, stuffing and other holiday favorites.
“I had 20 pounds of ham more than last year, and we’re already out,” he said at 1:30 p.m.
More than a dozen volunteers helped serve and clean up after families that showed up.
“I have too many volunteers,” Collins said, jokingly.
Among them was Micki Ezzo, 47, of Litchfield, who has been volunteering at the Christmas dinner since the first year.
“It just makes you feel good, you know?” she said. “I can see my family any time.”
Ezzo said she sees the same families coming every year, and she gets to see how the children grow up.
“It’s very rewarding,” she said.
Not everybody has been there every year though.
Diane Johnson, 46, of Liverpool Township, said it was her first time at the dinner, but she still brought her father, daughter and granddaughter.
“It’s delicious,” she said, her plate empty.
Her father, Ralph Halbalub, 82, of Liverpool Township, agreed.
“I’m very satisfied,” he said.
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