Christmas Family Feast: At 94, WCD employee still dishing out good wishes
December 26, 2016 – It’s an amazing story that Wisconsin Center District special services employee Harold Glick is still working at 94 years young. But the heartwarming holiday story is that Hal, who is Jewish, has volunteered every year on Christmas so that someone who celebrates the holiday can have off.
The Salvation Army Christmas Family Feast wrapped up its 27th meal feeding more than 8,000 people on Christmas Day at the Wisconsin Center, and Hal was there, as he has been for all 27 years, giving out smiles and cheer to those who attend. WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) in Milwaukee stopped by and interviewed Hal on his love of volunteering to work this special event.
“Every year is the same,” Hal told WTMJ-TV. “I enjoy seeing all these people come in and enjoy their meal and then they end up getting a lot of toys for their children as they leave. I think everybody should at one time or another volunteer for something, especially if they got some free time on their hands.”
Hal may have been the oldest volunteer, but he wasn’t alone – more than 1,400 volunteers helped serve a home-style meal of turkey and all the trimmings to the crowd at the Wisconsin Center on December 25, 2016. The annual event is free and open to the public.
“As a gathering place for many business and leisure events for people around the country, we are proud to provide the Wisconsin Center space to help The Salvation Army feed our local community for what has become a meaningful holiday feast,” said Russ Staerkel, CEO of the Wisconsin Center District, owners of the Milwaukee Theatre, Wisconsin Center and UW Milwaukee Panther Arena.
“Christmas Family Feast is a Milwaukee tradition bringing together those in need and those of means for a day of food, fun and fellowship,” said Major Steven Merritt, Salvation Army Divisional Commander for Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Christmas Family Feast is the largest event hosted by The Salvation Army on Christmas Day in the country. It is sponsored in part by the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, Brewers Community Foundation, Inc., Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, We Energies Foundation, Milwaukee Bucks, Pick ‘n Save, Landmark Credit Union, AT&T, Molina Healthcare and Hupy & Abraham.
Community Partners for The Salvation Army’s Christmas Family Feast include Cedar Crest Ice Cream, Hunger Task Force, Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, Wisconsin Center District, Culligan, Levy Restaurants, Milwaukee Community Journal, Milwaukee County Transit System, Milwaukee Courier, WNOV 860 AM, Spanish Journal, The Milwaukee Times, Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin, Azteca Wisconsin, Jammin’ 98.3 FM, Belfor Property Restoration and Brownberry Bread.