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Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

The true meaning of Christmas

Author Peg Bracken said, “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”

For more than 20 years, volunteers led by Lane and Evelyn Curlee have offered their gifts of time and love to make the holidays a little brighter by providing meals to the needy, shut-ins and the lonely on Christmas Day.

Early on Christmas morning, volunteers, some bringing delicious desserts, gather in the hospital cafeteria to pack hundreds of meals. Still others deliver those meals, along with a kind word and a warm handshake.

Delicious meals of turkey and dressing and all the fixings are prepared by the culinary staff at Tennova Health-care Harton.

Thanks to the generous spirit of folks in Tullahoma, volunteers are always abundant. And this year, let’s keep it that way.

Volunteers are still needed to provide desserts. Those interested in preparing and delivering a delicious sweet treat are asked to bring them to the upstairs dining room at Harton between 5 and 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, or at 9 a.m. on Christmas Day.

Those who would like to help but are not able to volunteer or cook may make a monetary donation to help offset the cost of the food. Checks should be made out to Hot Meals and mailed to PO Box 84, Tullahoma, TN. 37388

Most of the meals will be packaged and delivered, but anyone without family nearby or anyone who would like a hot meal on Christmas Day is invited to eat at the hospital’s second-floor cafeteria between 11 a.m. and noon at no charge.

Shut-ins and those without transportation may leave a message at 931-588-0678 or email lcurlee@lighttube.net to have a meal delivered. Those planning to eat in the cafeteria between 11 and noon are also asked to call or email.