Local soup kitchen serves Christmas dinner, gives gifts to people in need
The Denison Soup Kitchen helped people remember the reason for the season by opening their doors to anyone who needs a meal, or just some company on Christmas day.
People who didn't have a place to go got to come and get a free, catered meal for Christmas. About 60 people walked outside the door with happy hearts and full stomachs.
"It's just amazing. It's like my Christmas is complete," said Paul Vamos, who came to the dinner.
Vamos has been without a home since August, until now.
A local church helped him pay for an apartment.
"I'm just I'm ecstatic. I got a home," Vamos said.
He's been eating meals at Center Cross Ministries.
"Where else in the world could you go and have good food like this free?" Vamos said.
"It means joy in my heart, you know, because when you get to eat, you always feel better with a full stomach," said Tony Mead, who came to the dinner.
Tuesday they served a Christmas meal including ham, potatoes and green beans, catered entirely through donations.
On Christmas Eve, they threw a party complete with food and gifts with necessities for more than 75 people.
"We all have needs in our lives and my God has provided for my needs. And it's my duty to reach out those who are less fortunate." said Center Cross Ministries founder Alan Bernard.
Bernard and his wife founded the ministry and run the Denison Soup Kitchen, feeding homeless and hungry people in the area about 100 meals each weekday.
"This is a very good place for people that's hungry or homeless or down in their heart and depressed to come to," Mead said.
Mead comes almost every day.
"It doesn't matter how depressed you get or how low you feel, always remember that there's Jesus Christ," he said.
Renewed hope, rooted in faith, one meal at a time.
"Praise God. He is good all the time," Vamos said.
"It's a blessing to see lives changed," Bernard said.