Volunteers Spend Christmas Day Feeding the Hungry
The three Tedesco sisters have continued the free Christmas day dinner started by their father and now named in his memory.
Three sisters, Lori Carroll, Sherri Morin and Kim Taylor, have a Christmas dinner larger than any others.
The trio share a turkey dinner with all the fixings with more than 200 members of their extended family at the Knights of Columbus Hall in South Attleboro.
Of course, their extended family includes dozens of volunteers as well as at least 150 guests from Attleboro, North Attleboro, Central Falls and Pawtucket who are residents in need or just would have otherwise spent the holiday alone.
The women have continued the Tedesco family tradition started by their father, Ed, 27 years ago. The family now honors their father's memory by renaming the annual event as the Tedesco Memorial Dinner.
"Its something that we really feel is important," Carroll said.
"This is our family tradition," Morin said.
The family tradition carries on with the Tedesco sisters' children (who range in age from eight to 20) who also provide a helping hand.
After 27 years they have also become accustomed to seeing the same faces each year, according to Morin, like volunteers like Henry Lumbra and his wife, who have been a part of the dinner for the past seven years.
"We picked it up from Ed (Tedesco) and we just continued," said Lumbra of the social and welcoming atmosphere. "Whoever shows up, we'll have a meal for them."
Ray Tracey of Attleboro has been a recipient of the Tedesco's hospitality for the past five years and enjoys the social as much as the meal.
"I like the food, I like the fellowship, and I like the people," he said.
Tracey is just one of hundreds who will be the recipients of the family's generosity, as they estimate that more than 150 will attend the dinner with another 200 having dinners delivered to them.
Additionally, busing services where provided by Bloom Bus Companyprovided transportation for those who otherwise would not have been able to make it.
Of course, Chirstmas would not be complete without a few gifts for the guests, which included socks, gloves and toiletries donated by Feehan and the Salvation Army.
While there may be a lot of hard work to get the dinner up and running every year, the Tedescos believe it's all worth it to see the payoff on Christmas Day, according t Carroll.
"Where you're here on Christmas, and you see everyone, it reminds you why your doing it."