Annual memorial Christmas dinner feeds needy, lonely

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ATTLEBORO – Volunteers in Attleboro spend every Christmas looking out for the area’s needy and lonely at the Ed Tedesco Memorial Christmas Dinner.

This year marked the 31st year of a free hot meal for nearly 400 people.

“My father was always a believer in helping others,” explained Tedesco’s daughter, Lori Carroll. “That’s what we continue to support and pass onto our children as well.”

Attleboro resident Michael Kelley said he had never gone to the dinner before, but his friends encouraged him to check it out. “I was just sitting home and alone and decided to come down, see what it was about,” he explained. “Excellent food, nice people.”

Earlier in the day, organizers delivered 220 meals to people in need throughout the area. Around 160 people ate Christmas dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

“I think that the guests go home with a good feeling that they were able to celebrate Christmas and that somebody cares about them,” said Carroll.

The dinner ended with a parting gift of hats and gloves. Organizers collected more than 200 sets to distribute.

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