Each year, Penix Transport and Paintsville First United Methodist Church host a Community Christmas Dinner, free for anyone who who would like to take part.
This past Saturday, over 650 people were served a warm Christmas dinner.
The tradition began about 10 years ago at Rock House Fire Department as a small company Christmas party for a few employees of Penix Transport trucking company, close friends and family.
As a few years passed, organizers started noticing people at the dinner that they didn’t know, then realized the need in the area for not only a hot meal but fellowship and a great time enjoyed by all.
A few years later, the Penix family joined Paintsville First United Methodist Church and decided to host the dinner for the entire community.
Last weekend’s menu included turkey, dressing, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, and desserts all homemade.
Twenty turkeys and eighteen hams later bellies were full and hearts were filled with love and joy.
There were over 200 children in attendance and received a toy and got to chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus.