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Centro Cultural hosts free holiday meal

Cornelius nonprofit also gives away 100 gift baskets to needy

In the spirit of Christmas, Centro Cultural of Cornelius will provide 200 people with a free Christmas dinner and give away gift baskets to 100 needy families in Washington County.

Today, Wednesday, Dec. 18, Centro officials will distribute Christmas baskets containing food, clothes, toys and gifts to families who went through an application process. The items were all donated by corporations, small businesses, local churches and individuals.

Friday, Dec. 20, diners will enjoy posole (a traditional Christmas meal) in the company of their fellow community members at Centro Cultural, 1110 N. Adair St.

Free hot meals will be served in two time slots: 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. This community dinner is open to the public, and there is no need to sign up. The evening is designed as a celebratory occasion for families, children and friends who do not have the opportunity for a Christmas dinner in their homes, according to Centro officials.

Established in 1972, Centro Cultural is the oldest culturally-specific organization in Oregon serving large numbers of Latino residents.

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