TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) - Hundreds of people filled the cafeteria for the 28th county-wide Christmas dinner.
Volunteers served up the food for people dining in as well as take home meals all free of charge.
Eva Powell lives in Tishomingo and has been volunteering and coming to the dinner with her husband more than 20 years.
She said the tradition is a chance to reunite with friends in the community.
"It gives you the opportunity to see people that we haven't seen," Powell said.
Cindy Matheny with the Tishomingo Development Team said that is exactly the goal of the dinner.
"We really encourage people to come out rather than stay home on Christmas day," Matheny said. "If you have your family come in the week before or the week after, don't stay home on Christmas Day alone. Come in and eat."
Matheny said all the food is donated from local businesses and organizations in the community.
The college donates the venue and a cook to make sure there is enough for everyone.
Mill Creek resident David Blackburn said this is his first time coming to the dinner, since he has worked on Christmas Day for the last 17 years.
"Food was good, food was excellent," Blackburn said. "The crowd was good. I would probably do it again, if I'm not working."
If you missed the dinner this year, Matheny said they will be back next year at Murray State College