Posted Monday, December 23, 2013 --- 9:00 a.m.
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- Doris Huckbody believes no one should be alone on Christmas.
So, in 1968, she and her family and friends delivered 10 dinners to lonely Wausau-area residents.
Since then, the event has grown into a community Christmas dinner at the First United Methodist Church in Wausau.
The Daily Herald Media reports this year, volunteers expect to serve nearly 500 meals to people.
The 82-year-old Huckbody says "never in a million years" did she think it would grow so large.
She no longer coordinates the event but she and her family continue to volunteer.
About 300 meals will be delivered on Christmas Day to homebound residents. About 200 are expected at the church.
Barbara Hunger, who is coordinating the dinner this year, says the event is free to anyone.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press