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Don't go it alone: Local Church hosts Christmas dinner

The Happy Wanderers at Rose of Sharon Lutheran Church are hosting their second annual Christmas dinner for those who don't want to spend Dec. 25 alone. 

Even for couples, the holidays can accentuate feelings of loneliness, organizer Lois Stolte said.

She and husband Lon often spent Christmas alone at their Cottage Grove home because most of their children were out of state.

“It’s something different for the people,” she said. “Their relatives are all out of town and some of them don’t even spend Christmas Eve with their relatives.”

They had three couples at last year’s event, she said. This year's dinner is scheduled for noon.

Stolte said she needs to know how much food to make, so pre-registration is required. The deadline is Dec. 19. Cost is $5. To register, call 651-459-5295

Rose of Sharon Lutheran Church is located at 6875 Jamaica Ave., Cottage Grove.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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