Hoping full bellies make warm hearts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Phil Bay, a Keizerite and one of the coordinators of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ Just Serve group, knows a good cause when he sees one. “We’re always on the lookout for ways to give back to the community and not just our own church,” said Bay. “When we heard about the Community Dinners, I knew we would have no trouble rounding up 20 people to help out.” The Community Dinner Bay references is a new community service project being sponsored by St. Edward Catholic Church, Marion-Polk Food Share and a growing coalition of local churches and community groups. On Jan. 27, St. Edward is opening the door of its community center and commercial kitchen to prepare a free meal for anyone who wants to attend. In February, the Latter Day of Saints will be preparing and serving.  Keizer Christian Church and Lakepoint Community Church have both committed to future dates and the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s MAK (Men of Action in Keizer) group is penciled in for March. The dinners will be held the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. “We have mostly solid commitments through May,” said Bonnie Henny, business manager at St. Edward. “But it doesn’t have to be a church group, we are open to any group willing to help...

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