Richmond church opens doors for Christmas Eve dinner

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Some 200 people are expected to attend a Christmas Eve dinner at the First Presbyterian Church in Richmond this Christmas Eve.

It's called the Marshall/Moretz dinner and the church has been hosting it since 1981. It's open to the public and was developed in order to ensure that no one had to spend Christmas alone.

The late Reverend Peter Marshall of Washington, D.C. started such dinners during World War II. Marshall served as the congressional chaplain at the time and wanted to do something for military personnel that were not going tb be able to spend the holidays with their loved ones.

Ginny Moretz started the dinner at the First Presbyterian Church in 1981. She recently moved out of the area but the church decided to add her name to the event to honor her efforts in organizing it.

Dozens of church members volunteer their time cooking and making gifts for those who attend the dinner.

A Christmas Eve candlelight service will take place following the dinner.

Any leftovers are taken to the Salvation Army.

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