Salvation Army Serves More Than 700 Meals

Montgomery, AL (WSFA) -- Rechell Germany and her kids have been here before. After once living at the Salvation Army, this is the fourth Christmas they've been back to help.

"They helped us when we were here, so we feel like we have the need to give back," says Germany.

Eighteen year-old Tori Norman collected toys to make sure each child had a gift to take home.

"We really feel like they deserve a Christmas just like we get one at home," says Norman.

And the Lovejoy family--here together to make a difference this season.

"It feels good to be here helping other people that really aren't as fortunate as we are," the family says.

These are only some of the one hundred volunteers that came out to help giving their Christmas morning to cook, serve, greet, and spread a little Christmas cheer with fellow citizens in need.

"It feels wonderful.  It feels great. It's a blessing to be here and a blessing to give back, so we're blessed," says Germany.

A blessing--a sentiment full time volunteer Wil Thomas shares.

"I get the joy out of it, the satisfaction out of it. Anytime that you give or help people, you're the one that gets the blessing," says Thomas.

Thomas says more than seven hundred meals were served today including three hundred home deliveries. And as people savored the food, others savored the experience.

"I hope that this starts a tradition for our family. Not just giving to each other and our family, but to give to everyone because it's going to come back to us ten fold and that means so much," says Mrs. Lovejoy.

In the end, everyone received a little something.  A hot meal, new toy, or just the feeling of doing something good helped make Christmas day brighter for many in Montgomery.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney