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Community Christmas Dinner
 
In 2015, the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club and two other local Rotary Clubs took the lead on a 20-year Community Christmas Dinner tradition held at the Mary Phillips Senior Center in Old Town Temecula. Hundreds of wonderful people attended in 2015 and again in 2016. Participation is completely at no cost, open to anyone in the community, and the guests are treated to a fully cooked, sit-down dinner on Christmas day.  Attendance is not based on financial need, and is open to anyone and everyone who would like to spend Christmas day with others.
 
 
The dinner provides a sharing of community spirit with those who may alone for the holiday, whether they’re young, old, rich or poor. Upon arrival, families and individuals are greeted at the door with a smile, a hug or a handshake by our numerous volunteers. Children attending get to meet Santa Claus, get their picture taken with Santa and, of course, receive a wrapped Christmas gift directly from Santa himself. The Community Christmas Dinner is held in a festive atmosphere complete with Christmas decorations, lots of smiles and hugs. Everyone is made to feel that they are part of the family. Once seated in the dining room, the guests are served punch, coffee, or water and a holiday feast of roasted turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, rolls and dessert all served by volunteers.