Community Sharing for the Holidays

1 decade 3 years 2 months ago Monday, December 26 2005 Dec 26, 2005 Monday, December 26, 2005 6:56:19 AM CST December 26, 2005 in News

The holiday season is known as a time for giving. And some Columbians took that to heart and gave their time on Christmas day to volunteer at the Salvation Army Harbor House.

"This morning we woke up and opened our presents and decided to come and serve here because we knew there were people that enjoy a good Christmas as well," said volunteer Kristin Sohl.

The Harbor House gave holiday gifts to it's residents including much- needed items like coats and sweaters to games like Clue.

"It wasn't an elaborate gift giving, it was simply a remembering of these people that this is Christmas and it was still a good time, it's a sharing time," said Harbor House Director Jim Chapman.

The Harbor House gave its best effort to make this Christmas feel like a Christmas at home by serving a hot holiday meal. The lunch was prepared by a volunteer chef who got here at 9am. He made ham turkey mashed potatoes stuff, a meal that most families would welcome on their dinner table. About 50 people showed up to eat the free holiday meal and appreciated what it really meant.

"This is not the type of situation we all love being in, but it's nice to know we've got a roof over our head and someone's reaching out to allow us to have a meal," said Harbor House resident Carly Brookins.

The Salvation Army has been in Columbia for 52 years and hot lunch is served every day to those who need it. The Harbor House and the Salvation Army are always looking for volunteers and donations. If you want to help out in the future you can call (573) 442-1984.

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