The assembly line continues to roll at Bean's Cafe as staff and volunteers help prepare the annual Christmas meal for homeless people in their community.

Egg rolls make up one of this year's side dishes and there's plenty to go around. Chef Aaron Dollison said they're rolling close to 1,700 of them.

"You have to sit there, mix up the meat, then you have to roll each one of them, deep fry them," Dollison said.

Dollison said the cafe is making a Polynesian meal for Christmas this year. The staff said they wanted to serve something different.

 
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"I have some co-workers who are Polynesian, they helped us out, and a new chef, he knows it pretty well too, it was really good," Dollison said.

Bean's Cafe expects to serve close to 600 meals on Christmas, which is about the same number as previous years. Executive director Lisa Sauder said it's slightly fewer from Thanksgiving.

"Typically a lot of people do return maybe to their hometown, or their village," Sauder said. "Friends or family ask them to join them, and that's something we encourage and welcome, and are happy our clients are able to spend the holiday with their loved ones."

There is still work to be done in order for the cafe to be ready for the big day.

"Our most urgent need right now is monetary donations to pay for pork that we had to purchase today, because it has to slow cook if we are going to have some great Kalua Pork to serve on Tuesday," Sauder said, as she and others try to help brighten the holidays for those less fortunate.

According to a post on the cafe's Facebook page, they are also in need of eggs, tortillas, chicken, beef, potatoes, and fresh fruit.

If you have something you'd like to donate, you can drop off items at Bean's Cafe, 1101 E. 3rd Avenue, on Monday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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