Food and fellowship serve hundreds

Food and fellowship serve hundreds

As flakes floated down on Christmas Eve people of all kinds pack into Saint Paul's United Methodist Church for food and friendship.

Dozens of volunteers served up Christmas Eve meals for hundreds of Cedar Rapids people.

“Food is a great way that we can connect with each other and so sharing some food and having that fellowship is just what we like to do,” says Wendy Morton who volunteers on the organizing committee.

The free dinner is a decades old tradition at St. Paul’s.

The meal drew people and donations from all across the community.

“Tons of people donate food for the dinner and money,” says Morton. “They could sponsor a ham or a turkey or ingredients for our African national food,” she adds.

After eating a full Christmas dinner guests had their pick of desserts.

Many also left with a free bag of groceries and a small gift bag for a child.

“Giving is what makes you feel the best,” says volunteer Brad Colton.

That spirit of giving serves to celebrate the season and remind us that needs don't take a holiday.

“We just want to remember that people are in need and we want to be givers to each other and help each other year round not just around Christmas,” says Colton.

Volunteers like Colton also spent the afternoon preparing and delivering meals to homebound individuals to ensure that food and fellowship was offered to as many as possible.

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