Salvation Army feeds more than 350 people Christmas dinner - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Salvation Army feeds more than 350 people Christmas dinner

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By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Around 150 volunteers helped feed Lubbockites with no place to go this Christmas at the Salvation Army.

There wasn't much room to move in their kitchen throughout the day. About 300 pounds of ham and turkey went along with 500 servings of green beans, mashed potatoes, dressing, salad, rolls, and desert.-

Before volunteers could serve the meal, others were up as early as 9a.m. on their Christmas morning so the Hub City's less fortunate wouldn't go hungry on Christmas  

"I want to be a helper," said 6-year-old Jonah Gassiot.

He wasn't the only one. "I think we have about 9 in our group including my grandmother who is 79," Emily Rowin told us.

Heidi McDaniel volunteered for the first time, and brought her mother along too. "I really wanted to do something to give back to the community," she said.

Salvation Army cook C.J. Stewart said the volunteers always make the biggest difference. "They could just stay at home relax in the comfort of their own home and have their own dinner; but to give up their time to come down and help these folks that are a lot less fortunate then they are, I'd say that's just a blessing."

"The Christmas season is about giving back. Not only being grateful for what you have but hopefully helping others who don't have as much as you," Rowin continued. "Today we chopped a lot of food cucumbers celery sticks made giant bowls of fruit salad and regular tossed salad."

The Salvation Army fed more than 350 people. Stewart said it would have been a tall task without the help of the community. "If they wouldn't help us this would be almost a week project just for the three of us alone."

While most kids Jonah's age would rather be at home checking out Santa's gifts he was proud to be the one giving. "Just helping people and getting them food when they don't have money to get stuff."

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