Ada boy's Christmas wish helps feed hundreds in the community

By: Ashley Park Email
By: Ashley Park Email

ADA, OK -- "The plan was originally to feed one family."

Meet David Anderson of Ada, who was just six years old when he told his parents what he most wanted for Christmas, wasn't toys, but to help feed another family.

"So then the idea popped up, and I went to my Grandma's house and I came back with $30 to give to the dinner," David said.

Today, at the ripe old age of 10, with the help of his parents, and plenty of donations from the community and local businesses -- David's small wish has grown to feed hundreds of people across the Ada community each Christmas...

"After the outpour of the community and the people it was a blessing, and so to grow to the magnitude that it is today I had no idea," David's father, John, said.

The event has met such a favorable response , it's now called "Davo's Diner" in honor of David.

This year, John says they expect to feed close to 1,000 people. They'll also give out free groceries to the first 200 families that arrive, along with a free coat giveaway.

"It's very joyful to feel like you've raised a son that sometimes does things a little different in the world, but he does it in a way that is a blessing to different people and a blessing to the community," said David.

The dinner will be served from 3 to 6 PM Christmas Day at the First United Methodist Church In Ada.
All are welcome to attend -- and that's the way David envisioned it four years ago.

"You get to see the joy on people's faces and it just makes them really happy and it makes you really happy too," David said.

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