TARPON SPRINGS — St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s annual Christmas Dinner event heads into its 15th year this week as healthy and robust as ever.
“It’s growing more and more,” said Chris Palaidis, principal of the church’s Greek school. “It’s very welcomed every year because this is a place where you can have a warm meal and celebrate Christmas.”
The daylong event Saturday combines two efforts: a feast on church grounds and the delivery of meals to elderly and needy residents.
In all, Palaidis said the church and its volunteers expect to serve over 650 meals. The inaugural event in 1999 provided dinners for about 250 people.
Saturday begins with the feast, held each year at Father Tryfon Church Hall at 20 N. Pinellas Ave. from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Also Saturday, parishioners and youth ministry members will travel to public housing areas throughout the community and deliver full meals.
Donation overruns not used for the dinner or those received at Saturday’s event will go toward buying food for other services and toys for the Tarpon Springs Police Department holiday giveaway, Palaidis said.
To find more information about St. Nicholas’ annual Christmas Dinner, call (727) 937-3540.