Eddie Mae Henderson - Sharing & Caring
  • For 20+ years Eddie Mae Henderson cooked Christmas dinner for the less fortunate
  • Eddie Mae and more than 25 volunteers serve over 500 dinners each Christmas
  • The L.P. community now contributes money and services to help with the dinner

It started with a dream in 1984, when Eddie Mae Henderson decided to offer her own local brand of help to those less fortunate at Christmas.  On her own, without the backing of any local organization, Henderson prepared and served her first Christmas Day dinner at Stuart Park in Lake Placid. her belief in God prompted her to act and no one, rich or poor, would be turned away.  Thus began an over twenty-year tradition to provide a Christmas dinner to the less fortunate and needy in Lake Placid.

While the menu would vary from year to year there was always turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, collard greens, and an assortment of pies and cakes,  However the main ingredient was love.

As the number of guests at Eddie Mae's table grows, she now depends on donations from the community.  Many volunteers, often more than twenty-five, come to the Masonic Hall off Main Avenue to serve more than five hundred dinners.  Other volunteers deliver meals to the area's shut-ins.  Donated toys are distributed to the children. Among those volunteers is a local businessman, Frank Hartzel, (seen in the upper right hand corner of the mural) who for many years has cooked sometimes more than fifteen turkeys each Christmas for Eddie Mae's bountiful feast.  Eddie Mae is a member of the New Life Assembly and W.C. Holden , is Pastor.

Eddie Mae is more thankful for what she can give than what she receives.

Pictured from left to right, in the mural are:  Elijah Smith, Eddie Mae in her youth, Eddie Mae today, Eugenia Moorehead, Eddie Mae's daughter, a participant, Leroy Sholtz Jr., Eddie Mae in mid-life.

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Charles Peck Wauchula State Bank - West Wall 20 ft wide x 13 ft high Sharing & Caring & Friends Look for a wishbone, and three butterflies N/A

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