St. Patrick’s dinner supports Habitat

OSCEOLA COUNTY — If you’re not busy Friday morning and would like to do something very “a-peeling,” just show up around 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on 4 Mile Road, just west of Reed City and Linda Proefrock will welcome you with open arms.

And a knife.

That’s the day the peeling of 150 pounds of potatoes, 75 pounds of carrots, 20-30 rutabagas, cutting up cabbages and onions, and all sorts of preparations will be underway for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner.

That event helps raise money toward the next Habitat for Humanity Home in Osceola County.

According to Linda Proefrock, coordinator of the meal itself, a lot of help is needed, but every year “people come through.”

She sets an excellent example, as do other members of the family, including son Josh and his wife Julie, who last year baked 43 loaves of bread, and will be baking at least that many again this year.

In addition to serving these food items, preparations will be underway for the cooking of six hams and 90 pounds of corn beef.

The Saturday dinner is a double shift with early eaters served at 5 p.m. and later diners next at 6:30 p.m.

All 290 tickets for the annual event have already been sold, as well as a number of carry-out meals.

Mary Lou Proefrock can be contacted at 832-4938 if anyone still would like to order a carry-out meal. There are only a few more tickets left.

In addition to the foods being prepared, there also will be brownies, apple crisps, rhubarb crisps, and other desserts.

Linda Proefrock had nothing but praise for how the community, area churches, and total strangers come through and help get the food ready the day before the dinner.

She remembers the first year when she took on the responsibility, “and I don’t know what I really expected, but I thought maybe I really got myself into something where I would have all of the peeling and cutting and cooking to do myself, but then these people just kept coming in and offering to help. Now, I know they’ll be there.”