Bob Bolus Christmas Dinner Changing Locations in Scranton

Bob Bolus Christmas Dinner Changing Locations in Scranton

Organizers of a big Christmas feast in Scranton are trying to spread the word that the location of this years event is changing.
Christmas is now just over a week away and preparations are already underway for one of the region's biggest community dinners.

This year, there is a big change for the annual Bob Bolus Christmas Day Dinner.

For the last 18 years, the dinner has been held at St. Lucy's Church on Scranton Street in West Scranton.

This year, the location will change.

The Bolus dinner this year will be held at St. Patrick's Church at 1403 Jackson Street in West Scranton. That is just a few streets away.

Organizers are hoping to spread the word so that no one is left without a place go have a warm meal.

This year, organizers are preparing to cook 85 turkeys for the dinner. That is ten more than last year.

"I wouldn't know what else I wanted to do on Christmas. If I didn't have this to do on Christmas, I'd feel I'd let myself down," Bob Bolus, Sr. said.

People who are helping out with the dinner say it takes about six months to prepare.

"I've gotten pretty good at describing how to get from St. Lucy's to St. Patricks and I've never been there," Katie Port said.

For the last month Katie Port, who works for Bolus Trucking, has been answering calls about the dinner.

"It's constant. I mean, at this point I'm taking more calls for the Christmas dinner than I do actually probably for tows," Port said.

This will be the 19th year for the dinner. Roughly 3,000 people are expected to attend.

It will be employee Chris Panetti's first time helping out.

"I'm expecting to see a lot of smiles and a lot, a lot of cheer," Panetti said.

Bolus personally pays for most of the dinners cost. He says it's his way of giving back.

"When you see the smiles and hear the laughter and see the little kids coming now, it makes it all worthwhile," Bolus said.

The dinner will run from noon until 6:00 PM Christmas Day. No reservations are needed.

People who cannot make it to the church in person can request a meal be delivered to their home. In years past, organizers have brought meals to Wilkes-Barre, Honesdale and even Susquehanna County.

For assistance, call (570) 346-7659.

Volunteers are also needed to help cook the turkeys starting this weekend and set-up the hall at St. Patrick's Chuch next week.
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