Reaching out to those in need

Lisa Goudy
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Owners Kevin and Monica Haakenson stand inside Bobby's Place.

By Lisa Goudy and Justin Crann

Monica Haakenson and her husband Kevin believe it’s vital to have a free meal for the less fortunate on Christmas Day.

“To me it’s just not a big deal,” said Haakenson, owner of Bobby’s Place. “I choose to do it because I want to do it … It’s just our way of reaching out to those who are less fortunate or alone or shut-ins.”

She said Bobby’s Place has put on a free dinner on Dec. 25 for the past seven or eight years. She said no registration is required in advance. It will be a traditional Christmas supper with turkey and all the fixings.

“It’s open to anyone who is alone or in need,” said Haakenson. “If my parents were alive, they’d be doing it. I know they would be and I love to do it. I’m very blessed in my life and (it’s important), especially on a day like (Christmas), where so many people have nothing or they’re alone ... or even an older couple.”

She said there is no limit on how many people can come. In the past there have been anywhere between 100 and 130 people who show up for a meal.

Children are welcome and it will have a non-alcoholic setting. She added she makes sure to have gifts for children if any are in attendance.

For more information, see Monday's edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald

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