Community members from all walks of life are providing a Christmas Eve meal in order to make the holidays brighter for many Churchill County residents.
Stefanie Hanks wants the community to come together to provide a home-cooked Christmas meal for about 800 low-income, homeless and less fortunate people in the community.
The dinner is Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at the Wolf Center, the home of Fallon’s Daily Bread that serves meals on Monday and Thursdays. The center is behind Epworth United Methodist Church on 280 E. Stillwater Ave. Hanks said she and the volunteers are very thankful to be helping the Daily Bread program.
“We encourage our servicemen and women to join us for dinner, especially if they do not have the means to make it home and spend it with their loved ones,” Hanks said.
Hanks said she came up with the idea for the community meal and organized it. She said many volunteers offered their help.
“I have received a ton of help, especially from the firemen, some wonderful men and women and many local businesses,” Hanks said. “We are looking to the community to donate their time to make this event a blessing to many.”
She said the firemen will be cooking 50 turkeys at the firehouse.
“We will have two turkey toters to deliver the cooked turkey for us to serve,” she added.
Local organizations and numerous local churches have made special plans to celebrate the holiday.
On Christmas Day, the American Legion, 90 N Ada St., will be serving Christmas dinner from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers will be delivering dinners as part of the Meals on Wheels program. If anyone would like to volunteer to deliver meals or to help served at the legion, individuals are encouraged to contact the American Legion at 775-423-3008 and ask for Lance McNeil.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is having a Christmas dinner from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 26.
Many of Fallon’s churches have also planned events for the Christmas holiday.
First Southern Baptist, 900 S. Taylor St., has a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m.
Oasis Community Church, 1520 S. Maine St., has a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.
The Christian Life Center, 1435 Kaiser St., will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 5 p.m.
Epworth United Methodist Church, 280 E. Stillwater Ave., will have a Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m.,7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Parkside Bible Fellowship, 485 Tedford Lane, will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 507 Churchill St., will have a Christmas Eve service, Holy Eucharist and Vigil at 7 p.m. Christmas Day Holy Eucharist will be at 10 a.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1770 S. Taylor St., will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. a
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1191 E. Stillwater Ave., will be having a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.
Fallon Church of the Nazarene, 1520 Grimes St., will hold a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.
These are the only churches that responded.
Churchill County High School student Michelle Therianos will appear on the 11th annual Teen Edition Opportunity for Nevada NewsMakers on Christmas Day. (KRNV-TV-Channel 4 Reno: 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Nevada NewsMakers, hosted by Sam Shad, is a half-hour news and public affairs program that runs Monday-Thursday on various Nevada television and radio stations.
All federal, state and local government offices will be closed on Friday. City garbage will be picked up on Saturday.
Naval Air Station Fallon is operating on a holiday schedule.
All K-12 schools are closed from Dec. 21 to Jan.1 with school resuming on Jan. 6 because of teacher workdays.
Financial institutions are closed Friday.
LVN will be closed Christmas Eve after 3 p.m. and all day on Christmas.