Christmas dinners served for free

MARQUETTE — Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly and Ishpeming Elks Lodge will each provide traditional holiday meals for the public on Christmas Day, free of charge.

Meals will include traditional holiday favorites such as turkey, ham, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy and dessert.

According to Dawn Lambert, Ishpeming Elks Lodge event coordinator, people are encouraged to make reservations, whether or not they want to dine-in at the Elks, or get take-out or delivery.

To make a reservation Lambert said to call 906-486-6890 between 3 and 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free take-out and delivery is available in western Marquette County, as well as Palmer and Gwinn. If anyone is interested in volunteering at the Elks they can also call the number listed above. The lodge is located at 597 Lakeshore Drive in Ishpeming.

“This is the Elks’ 11th year doing this,” Lambert said. “It’s important to note that the dinner is on Christmas Day because there isn’t a lot of places open on Christmas.”

Randy Greiner, program manager of Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly’s Marquette chapter said the organization has served holiday dinners since 2013 with the number of people showing up “getting bigger and bigger every year.”

“We will deliver to people’s houses … and we can always use volunteers,” he said.

Little Brothers will hold its annual Christmas dinner at St. Christopher Catholic Church, which is located at 237 Badger St. in Marquette. Meals will be served at 2 p.m. with live music provided for background entertainment.

Greiner said the organization will serve about 200 people. The organization also provides free meals on Thanksgiving and Easter day.

To make a reservation, call Little Brothers at 906-273-2575.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is