Salvation Army serves 800 people Christmas dinner

For many of us Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year but for others it’s a difficult time of year.

That’s why for over 50 years the Salvation Army has served Christmas cheer in the form of turkey and all the trimmings to hundreds of needy people in Lexington.

"It feels like Christmas," said Patty Jones who brought her three grandsons to the dinner.

The feast and the gifts made Christmas a very different day than what it would've been otherwise.

"Without this we would have nothing," Jones said.

"It would be empty," said Debra Moody.

It was an afternoon to fill stomachs and hopefully, hearts too because many people at the meal, like Moody, are going through a difficult season.

"I don't have money, I don't have a job," she said.

Salvation Army Maj. Debra Ashcraft says they’ve recently they’ve noticed more children coming with their parents.

"We've been seeing more families the last couple years because they've been having a difficult time getting to purchase the food for Christmas day dinner," said Ashcraft.

She says it took 42 turkeys and 177 volunteers to feed their 800 guests.

But that isn't all they aimed to do.

"The Salvation Army hopes to feed hungry stomachs and hungry souls," said Ashcraft.

Smiles lit up faces around tables Wednesday as people who may not usually have anyone or anything, received quite a lot this Christmas.

"It’s wonderful, it’s great," said Jones.

Moody said, “I am so grateful.”

Moody says she's glad someone is doing good for those who may not have it so good, because that's one of the main things that make this Christmas.

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