People who are homebound and who may be alone on Christmas can receive a free meal, a Christmas card and a visit on Tuesday through the Christmas Homebound Project, a non-profit organization.

Volunteers for the project say they have plenty of food to take care of 2,500 needy and isolated people this Christmas. But they still need to know who can use or wants help, said Brenda Lowe, publicity coordinator.Christmas for the Homebound Project was started in 1987 by Karen Clark and Ross Broadbent, Salt Lake residents who, largely by themselves, delivered 500 meals to homebound people on Thanksgiving that year.

Since that time, the program, which is funded entirely by volunteer contributions from businesses and individuals, has grown considerably, Lowe said.

"If you know of someone who needs Christmas dinner and a visit in their home because of age, illness or lack of family, please call 484-0099," Lowe said Friday.

Volunteers will pick up the food and cards at Nector's Restaurant, 979 S. State, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. People who need a meal but who may not want it delivered to their home may receive a free meal at the restaurant during the same hours, Lowe said.

She said volunteers are needed to deliver food, clothes and toys that have been donated by Salt Lake residents and that are stored in the Bryman School. The volunteers are urged to call the same number and offer their services soon, Lowe said.

"We hope this Christmas can be one that brings the joy of sharing. The real gift is one of self," she added.