Ross Fox stops to grab his own plate as volunteers and guests come by to thank him for hosting another Shepherd’s Feast.

Sharing joy at the seventh annual Shepherd’s Feast

Published 9:35am Monday, December 31, 2012

Throughout the lunch strangers talked with their tablemates sharing the holiday, creating memories.

Under a decorated Christmas tree presents for all the children, wrapped and labeled by gender and age, sat awaiting new owners. A volunteer Santa helper spent time with each child under the tree, until the right present was found. Children walked off back to their tables hugging the accepted gift.

Year after year enthusiastic volunteers return to participate in the Sheperd’s Feast. Fox, finally taking a break in the festivities to enjoy his meal, didn’t seem to mind being interrupted by the thank-yous he received. More than 300 meals were served with 35 meals sent to the Polk County Sheriffs office for personnel and prisoners.

“Celebrating Christmas, that’s what its all about,” said Fox.

- article submitted by Anne Regan

Phil and Gaye Johnson perform.
Jewell Carswell and Eloise Thwing enjoy their Christmas day meal.

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