Larry Malsch and his wife, Judy, have been helping with the Christmas Day meal at the Delavan American Legion Hall for more than 40 years. He's happy to report that he's seen an increase in families who are willing to help with the holiday project.
, along with his
wife Judy, have been helping with the Christmas Day meal at the Delavan American Legion Hall for more than 40 years.
happy to report that he's
seen an increase in families who are willing to help with the holiday project.
Terry Mayer/staff photo
So, Larry Malsch
and others are offering the 50th annual Christmas Day meal at the American Legion Post 95 hall on South Second Street.
and organizers expect to serve the traditional turkey dinner to an estimated 125 area residents for the sit-down portion that starts at noon on Christmas Day.
They also will provide meals for about 50 carry-out orders and will deliver food to those who are homebound.
Then any leftovers will be donated to the Twin Oaks homeless shelter.
deflects most compliments about his
efforts and gives credit to his
wonderful team of helpers, not to mention the folks at Lake Lawn Resort and RidgeStone Village assisted living, where the big birds have been cooked, and Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly, which is where Malsch
gets dairy and bakery items donated.
still plays the role of head elf and handles many of the preparatory duties.
"Don Johnson was the commander back in 1961, and Frank Miller suggested to members that the legion do something for people who had nowhere else to go," said Malsch, a former Delavan police chief and councilman.
"We celebrate our Christmas on Christmas Eve, so we got involved more than 40 years ago," Malsch
added about he
"It's a great thing, and Larry
does a lot of work.