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Lubbock Salvation Army feeds hundreds this Christmas

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Salvation Army of Lubbock made sure no one on the South Plains went hungry this Christmas.

They held their annual Christmas lunch this afternoon and provided a free home-cooked meal to all who stopped by.

A total of 326 meals were served and more than 100 people came out to volunteer.  

Brad Berryman and his family have been volunteering every Christmas Day for the past six years.

"It's absolutely amazing. It's really rewarding. I tell everybody, ‘Why don't you do that?' I say, ‘To me this is what Christmas feels like,'" Berryman said.  

"To see smiles on people's faces, to see kids that are coming and enjoying food and the quality of the good that comes here. I think they really appreciate it," he said.  

Kevin Jefferson said he cannot be with his immediate family today.  So he came to hang out with his friends at the Salvation Army.

"Some of these people here are my family, a lot of them here. I'm enjoying myself and I'm really enjoying my meal. They did a great job."

Chef Robert Ramirez had been working around the clock preparing for the big day.  He got in at 5:00 a.m. to make some finishing touches. 

"Two weeks of preparations with volunteers nonstop.  One volunteer eight hours per day," said Ramirez.  

Major Tim Grider said he was very surprised to see the amount of volunteers that showed up today despite of the snow.

"Coming here and being relieved to see the number of folks who showed up and helped and been a part of what's going on already.  We are very, very happy.  It is a Christmas miracle."  

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