When families are opening gifts early Christmas morning, Round the Clock chefs will be making their way to the diner to cook holiday dinners.

The cooks, waiters and regular customers will donate their time to serve free Christmas Day dinners to anyone who wants a holiday meal.

Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the diner at 222 Arsenal Road in Manchester Township.

Donations are accepted from anyone who can give to benefit the Children's Home of York in Hellam Township, said Catherine Sacarellos, wife of Round the Clock owner Dimos Sacarellos.

"You don't have be homeless to come in for a meal," she said. "Some people are alone on Christmas Day or they're elderly and don't have family around. We want them to come out. This is for everyone."

Annual event: This is the eighth year the diner is offering the free holiday meals to serve residents who want some holiday company and to benefit local agencies that help people in need.

Annually, more than 500 people attend the meals and donate about $2,800. Then Dimos Sacarellos adds extra money to make the donation total $3,000, his wife said.

The restaurant will only be open to serve the Christmas meals from a holiday menu of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and pumpkin pie, Catherine Sacarellos said.

"We couldn't do it without (employees') willingness to volunteer," she said. "We have regular customers who come in and clean tables and serve coffee. It's really a nice day. It's beautiful to see the spirit of the holiday. It's our day to give back."

Diner donation: This is the second year the diner is giving the Christmas Day donations to the Children's Home of York, Catherine Sacarellos said.

The Sacarellos and their diner give year-round support to the Children's Home of York by donating meals to its residential programs and providing gift certificates to the home's Kids Rock events, according to Katie Mahoney, the agency's assistant director of development.

Lauri Anne Spagnola, Children's Home of York president, said in a statement that Round the Clock's Christmas Day dinner "goes above and beyond" the generosity the diner already shows the agency.

"It truly embodies the spirit of Christmas and we are so fortunate to be benefitting from donations given that day," Spagnola said.

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.