Columbia Church Feeds Homeless for Christmas

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COLUMBIA - A local church got in the Christmas spirit Sunday and gave back to the community in a tasty way. The members at St. Luke Methodist found a way to bring holiday cheer to the less fortunate through a hearty Christmas dinner.

All hands were on deck at St. Luke as volunteers helped feed dozens of hungry Columbians.
Their giving spirit was inspired by an idea.

"(We are) setting up a meal for the less fortunate for Columbia because of the economic times we're facing. (We) thought it would be very good since there is very few places they can go on Christmas day," dinner coordinator Jim Williams said.

The dinner wasn't the only thing residents got. A few churchgoers pitched in to make sure residents could stay warm.

"We made an announcement to the congregation and people made donations for the food, socks, gloves and hats," coordinator Kaye Thompson said.

Clothing was laid over the pews and families were able to grab whatever they wanted as volunteers assisted them. Some volunteers came from other churches.And a member of St. Luke said giving back is what they are about.

The dinner started at 3pm and ended at 6 pm. This is the first time St. Luke has served Christmas dinner, but organizers said it sure won't be the last.