The free Outpouring Christmas dinner, which will be held 3-8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Oakhurst Community Center, is in dire need of volunteers.
Last year, about 100 volunteers helped with decorating, preparing meals and serving an estimated 400 adults and children. Currently, there are only 30 volunteers, and only 15 of the needed 26 food teams.
“The response has been very low this year,” explained event coordinator Rebecca Kohout. “Everyone says how glad they are that this event is happening again, but that they can’t help out this year, so we have fallen behind. It makes it difficult because we expect about the same number of attendees as in past years.”
To cut costs, the Kohouts have been making as many decorations as possible. They may also end up having to purchase the majority of the food.
Santa will make an appearance, handing out teddy bears, donated by the Mountain Bear Fan Club, as well as toys. A Fig Productions DJ will play Christmas carols, and after assessing the crowd, will fill in with other music to get the dancers on their feet.
For the past four years, the Kohout family of 20, including 14 siblings aged 10-30, have worked hard to produce a successful outcome.
“It really takes the support of the entire community to make this happen,” Kohout explained. “It’s a time of fellowship and a time for the community to come together for food, fun and building deeper relationships with neighbors.”
To volunteer: Becky Kohout, (559) 313-9570; or firstname.lastname@example.org.