The Washington State Department of Health says it is sending out an invitation for Christmas Eve dinner at its Seattle headquarters to more than 300,000 people, many of whom are children.
That’s up from last year, when it sent out invitations for a holiday dinner in Seattle.
The invitation comes as the state faces a budget shortfall and the Legislature prepares to consider funding cuts that could affect services and programs for low-income residents.
The invitation to a Christmas dinner at the Seattle office of the state Department of Children and Families is an increase from last years invitation to about 300,200 people.
This year’s dinner is also at the same time as the new law that prohibits a person from giving gifts to someone under 18 years of age.
Last year, the invitation included a Christmas tree, but this year the state is going back to the original policy.
The state is also asking adults to wear red, white and blue holiday clothing, and to keep a close eye on children.