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Volunteers offer Christmas meals

While stockings were hung by the chimney with care on Tuesday, many Sonomans were preparing food with care in readiness for charitable activities Christmas Day.

The largest single such event may be the Christmas dinner at Vintage House senior center, where nearly 250 meals were prepared: 170 to be served in-house, including 40 for the volunteers on hand, plus another 75 or so to be delivered to people’s homes.

“The volunteer chefs are there preparing the turkeys for tomorrow,” said Marissa Fitrakis, Vintage House’s program and volunteer coordinator, on Tuesday morning. The work included stuffing and marinating the birds, chopping onions, celery and string beans, and “washing everything to prepare for tomorrow.”

Volunteers also were setting the dining room for 170 Christmas Day celebrants, and lining boxes with foil for the takeout meals, to be picked up and delivered by Kiwanis Club members in the early afternoon Wednesday.

Though they planned to send out 75 meals, “It’s not 75 different houses necessarily, it could be two or three (meals) to a house,” Fitrakis noted.

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