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Our Christmas Day Dinner was birthed out of an idea presented and processed through a Bridging RVA Ideation Lab. After the demise of the Freedom House’s annual Christmas Day Dinner in 2012, we were approached with the idea of bringing a community-wide Christmas Day Dinner back to our city in 2015. We agreed to pilot the idea and held our first Christmas Day Dinner on December 25th, 2015 at Plant Zero, a complex of art studios and galleries in the Manchester section of Richmond.
After a successful pilot, we made a decision to continue the Christmas Day Dinner as an ongoing annual initiative. A few things have changed over the years. A strategic decision was made to change the dinner’s location to Temple Beth Ahabah on West Franklin St. This placed the dinner in the center of the greatest area of need in our community. In 2015 we served several hundred people and the number has increased every year. In 2019 we served more than 1,000 dinners and expanded to a second location in the city. In addition to a scrumptious meal, guests received gifts and every child received a gift from Santa Claus.
The beautiful stories from this dinner are too many to count, but the pictures and news stories below capture the essence of hope, peace, joy and love we’ve experienced and shared throughout the years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working to figure out what this year's Christmas Day Dinner will look like. Virus or not, Christmas is coming regardless and we'll have a dinner.
2015-2019 Christmas Day Dinner Pictures