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Kim’s Country Kitchen makes a difference

She donates a few hundred meals to those in need on Christmas Eve
By: Patty McAlpin, Reporter
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Helping those in need, especially seniors, at Christmas brings joy to Kim Strong’s heart.

Strong, her family and friends deliver dinner to families in need on Christmas Eve.

Strong is the owner of Kim’s Country Kitchen in Lincoln.

“It’s gratifying to know that we can make a difference,” said Strong, who has been making the holiday brighter for others since she opened the restaurant in Lincoln in 2007 and at her previous restaurant.

Strong plans to deliver fliers to those living in senior apartments and at Sunset Villa Mobile Home Park. She also is getting the word out through The News Messenger.

There is no application to fill out. Just call Kim’s Country Kitchen at (916) 645-2727. Leave your name, address, a phone number where you can be reached on Christmas Eve so drivers can find your residence, and the number of dinners needed. The deadline to sign up is Dec. 22 to give Strong enough time to order turkeys.

A couple of anonymous donors help to purchase turkeys. Last year, more than 200 families received meals. More than half were senior citizens.

Strong closes her restaurant at noon Christmas Eve to cook and box up the meals, which include turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, a vegetable, stuffing, cranberry and a pumpkin pie. Deliveries start at 5 p.m. and end around 8 p.m.

Her helpers include her husband, Dennis Strong, her mom, Pam Roberts, Bev Harding, Mike Clinton, Dale Wing, Ken Chiaratti, Jeannie Fritz and John and Linda Bush. Her children helped too when they were younger.

Linda and John Bush helped deliver meals last year to Sunset Villa Mobile Home Park.

“We are looking forward to helping again,” Linda Bush said. “It’s neat what they do. A lot of people are not where they would like to be at but it’s a good feeling to help and people so appreciate it. It’s definitely a win, win, win situation.”

Drivers are sent out in pairs. Strong groups locations. Last year, pairs delivered meals in Lincoln, to rural Lincoln and Sheridan.

 “My husband tells me I should participate in delivery too, but I have to cook,” Strong said. “He says it’s a good feeling. Anyone who delivers really enjoys it. Some send back Christmas cards. Some get a little emotional.”

The seniors hold a special place in Strong’s heart.

“I used to have people come to the restaurant for dinner, but I figured out I could help so many more if the meals were delivered. There are seniors and others who don’t own a car,” Strong said.

Strong sends slipper socks to the seniors receiving meals.