The dinner is always served to guests.

"We want to make them feel special that day," Loverde said.

This year, since it's evening, there will even be candlelight.

And there will be the usual extra touches. Keyboardist David Zee, vocalist Cara Detwiler and drummer Barry Brown will perform.


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Santa is coming to spread his message and hand out goodie bags filled with toiletries, socks and a guest favorite, mints, to all the guests on their way out.

Loverde began volunteering with the Westside shelter six years ago at the encouragement of Bob Greenwalt, a local attorney who was volunteering there.

After helping out at the shelter Loverde decided to set up a nonprofit foundation and the Loverde Family Community Foundation was born to support the shelter and a wide variety of other Catonsville area organizations.

"The main focus is the shelter," Loverde said.

Fundraisers, including a recent dance, and a yearly fundraising letter, fund their efforts.

Greenwalt plans to be there to serve dinner, one of 25 volunteers expected to help out.

"Unfortunately, it has grown," he said. "The need is still there."