Free Christmas dinner to be served December 25 in Taylor

For the 10th straight year, free Christmas dinner will be provided to anyone – especially those alone, less fortunate and hungry – at the William Ford Senior Activity Center in Taylor.

The “True Meaning of Christmas” dinner is set for noon to 3 p.m. Christmas Day, December 25. The Ford Center is located at 6750 Troy, just west of Telegraph Road and north of Ecorse Road.

The meal is provided by the Domski family, which decided 10 years ago to end its annual gift exchange and put the money toward a meal for everyone to enjoy.

Since then, others have contributed. The city donates the use of the Ford Center. The Taylor Police Department donates dozens of turkeys and hams. Members of the Taylor Governmental Management and Administrative Employees Association contribute financially.
And dozens of volunteers help the Domskis set up the center, prepare and serve the food and clean up the hall afterward.

An estimated 200 people took part in the free meal last year.

This year, as in the past, the delicious meal will include turkey, ham, white and sweet potatoes, gravy, corn, salad, beverages, desserts and all the trimmings.

Larry Domski, a city inspector and chief of the all-volunteer Taylor Auxiliary Police Department, said the meal isn’t limited to those that are alone or less fortunate, but the free food and camaraderie are certainly attractive, especially at Christmas time. The Domski family seeks nothing in return.

“We welcome everyone who is interested in joining us,” Domski said. “We have heard from a number of wonderful volunteers who have agreed to share part of their Christmas Day to be with us. No one will go hungry on Christmas.”

The Domski family asks local organizations and churches to spread the word about the free dinner to their members and associates.

Those who cannot arrange transportation to the Ford Center can call for a free ride in advance or on the day of the event. The telephone number is (313) 291-7740.