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December 8, 2012

'Gift of Giving' slated for Dec. 22

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But the event grew to a point that area businesses and service organizations now contribute to support the event. This year, Chad Luby said, they include Dodge’s Agway, Taylor River Farm, Provident Bank’s Seabrook branch, the Hampton Rotary, Pepsi Distributors, Applecrest Farm, and of course, Seabrook’s firefighters who have historically helped out during the winter holiday season.

“We set up for the event, help with serving and the clean up,” said Seabrook firefighter Mark Bibaud, who is also organizing the fire department’s annual Seabrook Toy Bank this year.

And the firefighters and the Lubys have a special relationship with Santa Claus.

“Santa will be at the Gift of Giving,” Jennifer Luby said. “And every child will leave with a smile.”

There is a major change this year in the dinner: It has a new location.

“We’ve changed the place where the dinner will take place this year to Seabrook Community Center,” Chad Luby said. “We think it’s a great place for the dinner.”

One of the ways everyone can support the event is simply to print out and distribute flyers. Those with computers and Internet access can go to Luby’s webpage, www.hamptonbutcher.com. Click on the “Gift of Giving,” tab on the top, then click on “flyer.”

“Print out a flyer and put it up some place to spread the word about the dinner and the new location,” Chad Luby said.

If people want to help out a little more, baking goodies is a good choice.

“We go through desserts like crazy,” Jennifer Luby said. “So, if people want to drop some off, that would be great.”

A chef with culinary degrees from Rhode Island’s Johnson and Wales College, Chad Luby has served up thousands of meals over his career, but he’s always said that the Gift of Giving dinner is the most rewarding meal he’s ever cooked.

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