SCRANTON – Thousands of people took part in a Christmas tradition in Scranton. For the 18th straight year, businessman Bob Bolus held his Christmas dinner at St. Lucy’s Church.
Mashed potatoes, stuffing, and of course, lots of turkey was on the menu at the annual Christmas dinner in Scranton. For the past 18 years, businessman Bob Bolus has hosted the free meal, which is open to everyone.
“This is about you, the people, and enjoyment and sharing Christmas with everybody,” Bolus said.
Around 40 volunteers prepared more than 3,000 dinners, made with 75 turkeys and countless pounds of mashed potatoes at St. Lucy’s Church on Scranton Street. Bob Laird has been coming to the Christmas Day feast since 2002.
“It’s wonderful. I just hope that Bob keeps this going. If he can’t, I hope his family keeps it going,” Laird said.
In addition to more than 1,000 people walking through the doors for a sit-down dinner, volunteers estimate they will serve around 2,000 takeout dinners.
“It’s nice to be able to give to people things, food, friendship that they don’t have,” volunteer Lorraine Kopa said.
Volunteers gave Bolus a plaque to thank him for hosting the event for the past 18 years.
“I couldn’t figure out in my life any way I would ever want to stop this. This has been a tough year, and I wasn’t going to let anybody beat me. That would have taken this away from people who are here,” Bolus said.
The people who come to the dinner are grateful.
“I think it’s very thoughtful. It is, it’s well planned out and thoughtful that he’s done this,” Sarah Durst said.
Bolus says he plans to host the dinner as long as he can.