Ina Haney's daughter, Sue, died almost seven years ago. The Christmas following Sue's death, Haney's family looked to find someplace where they could work together to serve dinner for the needy.
Haney says even though they had a family, they still felt something was missing during the holidays. They could not find any agency or group providing food service on Christmas day.
Haney and her family started their own dinner that winter at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Grand Island. The first year, they served a Christmas meal to 250 people with the help of volunteers.
Last year, the dinner set out plates for over 800 people. They are making enough this year to serve 1,000. More than 250 volunteers are lending a hand to decorate the church, wrap presents for Santa to give away to children and make more than 700 pounds of turkey.
The dinner is given to anyone who wants to come to the church. Dinner is served from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.