Salvation Army Dinner

Friday, December 24th 2004, 4:23 pm
By: News On 6

Hundreds of needy people braved freezing temperatures, just for a hot meal. It might not seem like much, but it could be the only Christmas meal these folks get.

For some, that puts things in perspective.

Kenneth Harris, Cook:"It makes you makes you more humble..and makes you appreciate what you do for these people."

More than 700 people were expected to make their way in for a meal. That means volunteers were needed. Kids gave up part of their holidays to lend a hand. It's a tradition the Salvation Army hopes these kids will continue.

Marshall Gesner, Salvation Army:" It's great for kids to be able to do something for somebody else. I think it's a lesson that's good for us to teach every kid."

U-S- Cellular provided free phones to let people call home for the holidays. Dozens of guests took advantage of the offer to reconnect with loved ones. Many of these people will sleep at local shelters tonight to avoid the bitter cold. To help accommodate them volunteers here want one more thing for Christmas, a little help.

Kenneth Harris, Cook:" If it's in your heart to volunteer and this is the season to give, that would be the best thing to do."