TAYLOR — The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused the cancellation of a two-decades-old Christmas Day event. The annual free “True Meaning of Christmas Dinner” will not be held this year at Ford Senior Center.
“It is with deep sadness the Domski family will not be hosting the 2020 True Meaning of Christmas dinner due to the pandemic,” the family announced. “The family would like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers who have made this event possible for the past 22 years. We hope to see all of you next year. May God bless you with a happy, healthy New Year.”
In the beginning, members of the Domski family gave up their gift exchange and pooled their money to provide a large buffet-style meal for hundreds of area residents who came to count on the dinner for a meal and companionship. The Domskis invited everyone to attend, especially the needy, hungry and lonely.
The tradition has continued every year since. Individuals and groups added their donations to the Domski family funds. Dozens of volunteers showed up annually. The city of Taylor donated the use of the senior center.
In recent years, more than 400 people have attended the dinner annually.
This year, Michigan regulations have forced such events to be cancelled in an attempt to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.