Valdosta Daily Times

December 24, 2013

Kemet Universal hosts annual Christmas meal

Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — For 25 years, Kemet Universal, the Sons of Solomon Chapter No. 151 and Electra Chapter No. 323 have hosted an annual Day of Caring, Sharing and Giving Christmas Dinner, and this Christmas is no different.

On Christmas Day, the St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church on West Magnolia Street will host the annual dinner, offering a free, home-cooked Christmas meal with all the trimmings, as well as hamburgers and hot dogs for those children who might be picky eaters.

At 10, Christmas services will start, followed by lunch, which will run from 11 a.m. through 1 p.m.

Along with lunch, Kemet will be giving away clothing and toys and holding a raffle for a girl’s and boy’s bicycle.

“This is what we do,” said organizer and Grandmaster Eddie L. Koonce of Kemet Universal. “We try to help the community. We never stop. We’ll sit down for a minute and then we’ll start again.”

Kemet and St. John’s are accepting donations for the lunch as well as volunteers to help serve on Christmas Day.

For donations, there are two drop-off locations: St. John’s at 800 W. Magnolia St. and 410 W. Adair St.

Interested donors and volunteers can contact Koonce at (229) 740-1916.