Toyo Tire hosts community Christmas luncheon
by John DeFoor
Dec 18, 2011 | 2174 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Volunteer servers prepare plates at the Toyo Tire Community Christmas Luncheon Saturday, from left, Tyler Jones, Mason Haney, Mary Vaughn, George Byram and Naruko Kitchens. The event had more than 130 community volunteers with several groups providing entertainment at the event.
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Members of the community gathered together Saturday in the Cartersville Civic Center for food, music, and conversation at the 3rd annual Toyo Tire Community Christmas Luncheon.

The luncheon ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with tables decorated in green, white, and red table cloths with little Christmas trees on each table. One room was filled with coats free of charge for those in need.

According to Tina Jennings, one of the event's organizers, the luncheon featured performers such as the Cartersville Bootscooters, Lee Castro, Grant Howard -- a hip hop dancer -- and Rick Mckee.

The organizers worked to make the event accessible to those who only speak Spanish.

"We have a lot of Spanish-speaking citizens here in the county," said volunteer Sara Cash, a native Spanish speaker.

According to Jennings, all of the event's flyers were printed in English and Spanish and the staff included two interpreters. Cash gave the luncheon's prayer in both English and Spanish.

"When you pray, you're not just saying words. You're trying to connect with the Heavenly Father. So prayer is always a divine connection to me so it's an incredible experience when you do both languages knowing you have the ability from above."

According to Jennings, her best experience from the event is "being able to deliver seconds to people who are sitting at the table.

"When someone says, 'Can I have some more food,' I say 'sincerely you can' and I got get them another plate. That's the most fun for me."

"I appreciate that Toyo has come together and organized this event for us," said guest and Cartersville resident Bennie Johnson. "It brings the community together; people helping each other."