The first event of the season was the 12th annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Rushseba Town Hall. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner was served to 122 guests, and 28 dinners were delivered to shut-ins. Twenty-two volunteers prepared and served the meal and cleaned the kitchen.
For the 6th year, the Christmas Caring Tree was set up in the Rush City Foods Mall. The tree was decorated with wish tags from children of families struggling financially. Members of the community purchased gifts for each child. In mid-December the parents picked up the gifts along with a $300 grocery gift card. Ninety-nine children from 55 families had a Merry Christmas.
A winter clothing exchange was also held in the mall. Thank you to everyone who donated gently used winter clothing. Anyone needing winter clothing was encouraged to help themselves.
The Rush City Lions prepared 310 bags of fresh fruit. The fruit was delivered to Rush City seniors, military families and families experiencing hardship.
The American Legion Auxiliary put together 15 Christmas Cheer Bags containing goodies to brighten someone’s day. They were delivered to shut-ins and people needing a pick-me-up.
Santa Days was a big hit. Kids could visit the Rush City Tiger Club Santa Store, decorate cookies, listen to stories with Santa and Mrs. Claus and make Christmas crafts. The morning ended with a lunch of hot dogs and cocoa followed by wagon rides and pictures with Santa. The Rush City Choir sang Christmas carols at all event locations.
The 15th annual Christmas Eve Dinner was served at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Two families served a meal of turkey and ham with all the fixings. Ten to fifteen members of these two families prepared and served the meal to 100 guests. This dinner is a Christmas gift to the Rush City community.
The support of the Rush City community and many, many volunteers have made these events possible.