State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary) announced the Spirit of Christmas Dinner will be back again this year at the Genesis Convention Center, 1 Genesis Center Plaza in Gary from 1-4 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Dr. Smith hosts the Spirit of Christmas Dinner every year to honor his deceased mother, the Rev. Julia E. Smith, and a teacher, Patricia Tillotson, who made a positive impact on his life.
Transportation is available to the dinner. Call Dr. Smith at 219-887-2046 to schedule transportation, reserve a place for dinner, donate, volunteer, or obtain additional information about the Spirit of Christmas Dinner.
The event is primarily for residents of Gary, Merrillville, Griffith, New Chicago, Lake Station, and Hobart. However, Dr. Smith said anyone from Lake County or anywhere else is genuinely welcome to share the holiday and a good meal at the Spirit of Christmas Dinner.