Christmas meal

Jay Smith, owner of the Fat Moose Bar and Grill in Woodland, looks over some of the clothing customers have donated to share with people who come to the free Christmas dinner for the homeless at the pub on Sunday.

Bill Wagner, The Daily News

For the second year in a row, the Fat Moose Bar & Grill in Woodland is hosting a free Christmas Day dinner for the homeless.

The dinner will be served from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Christmas Day, and will feature ham, turkey and all the trimmings.

"They can eat as much as they want," said Fat Moose owner Jay Smith. "We can give them second, thirds, fourths or fifths if they want it."

Smith has been in business for seven years. He said he likes to give back to the community now that he can afford it. At last year's Christmas Day dinner Smith provided 63 meals to those who showed up, though he's aiming for more this year.

"Obviously we'd like to do a little more each year," Smith said.

Most of the food expenses come out of Smith's own pocket, but "I do have some very good customers and friends that have donated as well," Smith said. 

The meal isn't just for the homeless, though. Smith would like to invite anyone that doesn't have friends or family to spend the holiday with to come in and enjoy the company — there will be Christmas music on the jukebox and football on the television for everyone to enjoy.

Smith has also been taking donations of warm gloves, hats and socks all week to distribute to those who show up on Sunday. Any extras will be taken to the Woodland Action Center to be donated.

The Fat Moose is located at 1382 Lewis River Road. The number is (360) 225-7944.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.


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