Bridging RVA brings back annual Christmas Day Dinner

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — With two days left until Christmas, volunteers with Bridging RVA have taken over Manchester’s Plant Zero Café for their first annual Christmas Day Community Dinner.

Christy Ellis is coordinating the dinner. She says, “what we’re doing is providing a place for anyone to come that’s going to be alone on Christmas day, and that means the homeless, the needy, displaced people, military who their family’s not here.”

And the dinner is no small feat to pull off. This year’s Christmas dinner picks up where Freedom House left off two years ago after closing, leaving some 800 people with no where to go for the holiday.

Bridging RVA Chairman and Co-Founder, John Sawyer says, “We knew it would be a huge undertaking to take on bringing this Christmas day dinner back to the city, but we had faith in the people of Richmond, Virginia and just the amount of volunteers that would be interested. And, we’ve just been overwhelmed.”

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Over 200 people have volunteered to set up, give gifts, and serve a warm meal Christmas day- from 10:00 am to 2.:00 pm. They’re even providing transportation.

“We have buses running,” Ellis said. “One will start at The Daily Plant and one will start at Carolina East Barbeque.”

Those buses will run every hour starting at 9:30 a.m. Christmas morning. Anyone is welcome to attend..

“We’re just trying to provide a holiday meal, some fellowship, some fun, some merriment, and just everything the holiday’s about.”, explains Ellis.

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