Amarillo, TX - The Salvation Army served almost 250 people a Christmas meal.
Throughout the year the organization helps serve the community, but for the holiday they served a little more. They encouraged those in need of food and company to join in the festivities.
Jennifer Santer, Coordinator of Social Services for the Salvation Army, said they wanted everyone to feel welcome, especially those who would be alone for the holiday.
"Christmas is such a family time or to be around family and friends, so I think it is important for people that don't have anywhere to go or maybe not have anybody to share this meal with to be able to come out and share Christmas with other people," Santer said. "They have cheer and I think this just brings some extra cheer to people."
Over 100 volunteers came out to assist with the dinner, which was served restaurant style complete with hostesses and servers. Many locals also helped the organization by donating hundreds of desserts, turkeys, and hams.
Diana Ricenbaw has been volunteering for the Christmas dinner for two years, and began volunteering with her son because she wanted to give back to the community. "It makes me feel good inside," Ricenbaw said. "There are so many people that take in the world, and there's so many of us giving back and if I can give back one day out of 365 that makes me feel good."
Santer said she also enjoys helping the community, but also enjoys seeing everyone come together. "It just makes me feel really wonderful to be able to help out those in need, but I think its also wonderful to see all the volunteers from the community come together and want to work and want to give up there Christmas plans for a little bit to come and serve others," Santer said.
For information about volunteering visit the Salvation Army's website.