KALISPELL, Mont. - The atmosphere at the National Guard armory in Kalispell on Friday was a bit like Santa's workshop, only with a whole lot of potatoes. In fact, local school kids sliced and diced two tons of potatoes for the Guard's annual "Christmas at our House," dinner, set for Saturday, starting at 10:00 am.
"I like how the idea is we're helping others that don't have enough money to do this," said student Max Anderson.
"You could say it's more of a town thing that you could all get to know each other said student William Glover.
The event will run until 6:00 pm, and will be held at the armory off the 93, just north of Hutton Ranch. Santa Claus will be at the event from 11 am to 1 pm. Volunteers around the Flathead helped cook about 65 turkeys and more than 45 hams for the meals.
This year's event will be an emotional one, as Flathead soldiers will be working the event without roughly 60 of their comrades, who began their journey to Afghanistan back in November.
"We're taking as many pictures as we can, sending it to them and showing them how supportive everybody is of what they're doing over there, " said Captain Mark Juntunen.