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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Local nonprofit offering free Christmas meal

  • People who don't have plans for Christmas dinner yet can consider a free meal provided by the Supporting All Lives Together (SALT) organization.
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  • People who don't have plans for Christmas dinner yet can consider a free meal provided by the Supporting All Lives Together (SALT) organization.
    Jackie Flynt, SALT's director, said anyone in the community is welcome to to attend the event.
    "‪We have found that a lot of people do not have family to spend the holidays with, and we wanted a place where they could come and have a good meal and fellowship with others," she said.‬
    "We attract people who have lost a loved one recently and do not want to keep the old traditions, couples who have Christmas at alternate times with their kids and their families and will be alone on that day, people who live alone and do not have family close by and those who want a more meaningful Christmas than‪ food and gifts and who want their kids to learn to help others."‬
    The dinner will be from 2-4 p.m. Christmas day at 787 Hwy Z in St. Robert, located in the yellow warehouse.
    "We prefer attendees come at 2 p.m. to eat. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Following the meal, we have entertainment, games, caroling and group activities. We want it to be more than a free meal," Flynt said.
    She said people interested in attending don't need to bring anything besides an appetite.
    "Volunteers from local churches and organizations donate money and food to allow for the dinner to be free. We serve traditional holiday food at our dinners."
    ‪SALT is a recovery program for community members wanting a change in their lives, Flynt said. ‬
    "Our‪ goal is to help our clients to become self sufficient and free of dependence on local or governmental assistance as much as possible," she said. "We offer classes on Monday nights along with a meal and children's program to help in the recovery." ‬
    Those classes include topics like budgeting, financial planning, job skills, anger management, spiritual growth, addiction recovery, healthy living, relationships and parenting, among others.
    To go with the classes, SALT also offers sustained support from members of the community to help in making life changes.
    The meetings are at 5:30 p.m. every Monday at the yellow warehouse, 787 Hwy Z in St. Robert.
    To learn more about SALT and how to either utilize their services or volunteer and help the nonprofit organization, visit their website at supportsalt.org, call 573-227-2027 or email info@supportsalt.org.
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