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Everyone is invited to enjoy a free Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.
The 2016 “True Meaning of Christmas” dinner is set for noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, December 25, at the City of Taylor’s William Ford Senior Activity Center, 6750 Troy (north of Ecorse).
The meal is open to everybody, especially those alone, less fortunate or hungry – and their guests.
This will be the 18th straight year that members of the Domski family pool their resources to provide the dinner. Last year, nearly 400 people ate dinner and made memories – perhaps the largest turnout yet. This year, volunteers again will be ready to serve hundreds of meals and there is always food left over.
“We invite anybody that needs a meal to join us,” said Larry Domski, a retired Taylor city inspector. “No one should be alone or go hungry on Christmas. If you’re less fortunate or want to spend the day with somebody, that’s why we’re here.”
Taylor’s Senior Center is located at 6750 Troy, west of Telegraph Road and north of Ecorse Road.
This year, the delicious meal will include turkey and all the trimmings, ham, white and sweet potatoes, gravy, corn, salad, beverages and desserts.
The “True Meaning of Christmas” dinner started nearly two decades ago when the Domski family chose to end its annual gift exchange and put the money toward a meal for anyone to enjoy. More than 20 Domski family members and plenty of volunteers split up the duties, from cooking to serving to cleaning up the center at the end of the day.
“We are overwhelmed by the outstanding volunteers who participate every year,” Domski said. “They come out year after year. We don’t even have to make phone calls.”
Domski thanked Taylor Rick Sollars and the City of Taylor for donating the use of the Ford Center. The Taylor Police Department helps sponsor the event. Domski said the family is also grateful to several other individuals who make financial donations that are used to purchase food.
“The dinner has become a well-oiled machine,” he said. “It takes all of the sponsors, all of the great volunteers, my brother and sisters and other relatives and friends – we all work together.”
He said members of the Domski family think it’s important to keep the dinner – and the tradition – going year after year.
“The whole family believes so many people depend on this day – especially seniors,” he said. “One lady told us she starts counting the days (to the dinner) in October. It’s all we know on Christmas Day. My daughter Alyse (now 14 years old) has been there every Christmas since she was born. She doesn’t know anything else. The family doesn’t even discuss it any more. We just assume we’re going to do it no matter what.”
Those who cannot arrange transportation to the Ford Center can call for a free ride in advance or on the day of the event. The telephone number is (313) 291-7740.
Local organizations and churches are asked to spread the word about the free dinner to their members and associates.
“We sincerely want to invite everyone who is in need to join us on Christmas Day,” Domski said. “No one should go hungry on Christmas.”