Kappa Delta Phi, Lebanon Welfare League (KDP/LWL), a local 501c3 non-profit civic group, will continue on a storied tradition of providing Christmas dinner baskets for the community’s food insecure this year.
But they need the community’s help now more than ever because of rising grocery prices, KDP member Joyce Douglas said.
This is the 85th year carrying on the tradition started by Henry Ulen and John W. Jones, and continued by John’s son, Harry Jones. Prior to relocating out of state, Harry Jones enlisted the help of Lebanon Kappa Delta Phi, Gamma Mu civic member, the late Adeline Green, to take on the tradition and the rest is what is provided in the community every Christmas.
Sue Muncie, KDP volunteer and KDP/LWL secretary-treasurer, coordinates the Christmas Basket applications with the Caring Center to make certain there is no duplicity, so more families can be served. Applications can be filled out at the Caring Center, 1230 Randsdell Road, Lebanon, during regular hours.
Once applications are filled, the groceries are ordered and purchased at local grocers Aldi and Kroger.
Meat certificates are mailed to families to be redeemed at Lebanon IGA. KDP volunteer civic members assemble the Christmas dinners to be picked up by the applicants.
The Christmas basket dinner consists of stuffing, noodles, broth, canned corn and green beans, potatoes, fruit cocktail, Jello, pudding, cake mix and icing. Ham or turkey is usually the choice of meat. KDP civic sorority adopts the two largest families, and Muncie, Douglas and Monica Jennings shop and deliver those meals.
The community’s businesses and residents can sponsor an individual or a family and provide ingredients for a Christmas meal by calling Muncie at 765-482-3299.
Monetary donations for dinner ingredients may be mailed or dropped off during business hours at Lamar & Lamar (Walker Hughes Insurance), 120 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, IN 46052. Checks should be made payable to KDP/LWL Christmas Baskets.
Last year, 436 persons were provided Christmas dinners and eight families’ needs were taken care of by community residents and businesses.