Homer residents were able to get a home-cooked meal and donate to a good cause with this year’s Share the Spirit Spaghetti Feed. The annual event is a fundraiser for the charity’s Holiday Basket Program.
People can donate food or $10 in exchange for an order of spaghetti, bread and a dessert. The “Feed” is in its 20th year and donations are used to help families in need during the holidays.
Shari Daugherty is the basket chairman for Share the Spirit. She says the event has become an important part of holiday traditions in Homer.
"This is the big one," said Daugherty. "For a lot of people ... it's turned into the beginning of the season."
Daugherty says Sharlene and Rick Cline of the Homestead Restaurant have been recruiting volunteers for the event. Preparations started over the weekend.
The Spaghetti Feed is held at the Homer Elks Lodge on Jenny Way. But Daugherty says if anyone misses the dinner, there are other opportunities to help. Residents can pull ornaments off green gift trees throughout town and drop non-perishable food in red bins at the grocery stores. She says volunteers will then be needed to wrap gifts and prepare baskets on the 21st at the Homer High Commons.
"We need as many hands as we can (get) there," she said.
Anyone interested can meet at the high school that day from 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m. More information is available by calling the Share the Spirit hotline at 235-7466.