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Saturday, July 21, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILStacey Delong, center, picks up her dinner at Pie’s On Pizzeria. The restaurant, at 102 Pine St., Catasauqua, continued its tradition of providing a free meal for Christmas Day to anyone who would ask. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILStacey Delong, center, picks up her dinner at Pie’s On Pizzeria. The restaurant, at 102 Pine St., Catasauqua, continued its tradition of providing a free meal for Christmas Day to anyone who would ask.
Police Officer Chris Wittik, Roy Williams (left), Reese Williams and Keri Weaver are ready to head out to drop off meals. The Williams-Weaver family, of Neffs, now makes delivering meals part of their family tradition. Police Officer Chris Wittik, Roy Williams (left), Reese Williams and Keri Weaver are ready to head out to drop off meals. The Williams-Weaver family, of Neffs, now makes delivering meals part of their family tradition.
Press photo by Paul CmilLori Dettmer, of Northampton, a volunteer for the day, grabs the package for a couple of shut-ins on Church Street. Press photo by Paul CmilLori Dettmer, of Northampton, a volunteer for the day, grabs the package for a couple of shut-ins on Church Street.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Catasauqua restaurant continues tradition of free Christmas meals

Pie’s On Pizzeria owner John Landi continued his tradition of providing a free meal on Christmas to anyone who would ask. Landi had a room full of elves making sure 500 meals were delivered or served Christmas Day. The party began before noon and lasted until around 3 p.m.

“This is such a great event. It does show the Christmas spirit,” Stacey Delong said.

Pie’s On Pizzeria, 102 Pine St., offers sign-up sheets on the days leading up to Christmas.

“It helps us get a handle on how many meals we need to make,” one of the elves said.

The coordinators get a phone list and run down the numbers to let people know the meals are on the way.

Deliveries started around 11 a.m. to make sure everyone had something for a holiday meal. A little more than 300 deliveries were made throughout the borough and to the surrounding communities.

Lori Dettmer came in from Northampton. She comes in every year just to help out.

“Most everyone here is a volunteer, and we see the same people every year. It helps make our Christmas better,” Landi said.

Next year? Same time and place.