Salvation Army provides Christmas dinner for hundreds

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Spreading that Christmas cheer started early as volunteers took to the streets delivering hot meals to elderly residents.

"Got ya some soul food, there!" says Ruby Bush.

She was thankful to get some.

"A hot meal means a lot to a whole lot of people," she says.

Directors say more than 500 meals were delivered.

Tack on about 200 more in-house and they served nearly 750 Christmas feasts.

"I feel good about everybody, I feel good about myself, thank God I got up this morning," says James White, who received a Christmas meal.

Folks filled the dining hall seconds after the doors opened.

But Volunteer Coordinator, Wil Thomas, says food wasn't the only thing his 175 helpers tackled.

"We got two large rooms where we're going to be using for homeless veterans," he says.

That's where the Hartman, Robinson, and Jackson families come in.

They were on the other side of the shelter helping make room for the 20 veterans.

"We are so blessed and we thought we'd come out and share our blessings with others," says Tonya Hartman.

"It feels so good to get up and know what you've done and what you've accomplished," adds Ashley Jackson.

Whether it was serving food, sprucing up, or singing a familiar song, volunteers did it with a joyful heart.

"I love to do it. I enjoy it. I enjoy helping people," says Thomas.

"[There's] so many people who [need] help and I'm just of that frame of mind that we've got to do the Lord's will," adds volunteer, Minnie Beamon.

Giving back--to these volunteers, it's what Christmas is all about.

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