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Volunteers come out to help at Wallingford community dinner

Volunteers come out to help at Wallingford community dinner



WALLINGFORD — Volunteers flooded First Congregational Church to serve Easter dinner on Sunday afternoon.

The church resumed hosting the dinner this year after missing last year. It is the 36th time the church has offered Easter dinner for the community.

“We’re bringing it back,” said organizer Bettina Cristini. “We already have 100 to-go dinners ready.”

The church also offered desserts donated by local businesses, such as Alyssa’s Cakery and Neil’s Donuts.

“People still donate money ... but without those (businesses) it wouldn’t be the same. Stop & Shop has been amazing this year,” Cristini said. “They’re just so happy to do this, it’s the Wallingford community and it’s great. So many people have donated to us.”

Cristini said there were 30 or so volunteers, ranging from children to adults, who spent their holiday at the church.

“Some people want to bring their kids and teach them how to volunteer,” Cristini said.

Eric Setreus was volunteering for the first time. He was joined by his wife, daughter and grandchildren.

“We love it,” he said. “We’re going to be delivering food after, too.”

Setreus’ grandson Evan, 10, was bringing plates to tables.

“He has told me that he likes helping people who need help,” Setreus said. “I think it’s really important.”

The church also hosts dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Setreus said his family will be back to help.

“We’ve already decided we’re going to be back for Thanksgiving,” he said.

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