Morehead soup kitchen feeds more than 800 at Christmas dinner

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MOREHEAD, Ky. (WKYT) - A meal is served every weekday at the Morehead Community Soup Kitchen.

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On Friday, those who are a little less fortunate got something extra.

Lula Pecco served more than 800 hungry adults and children at the Sixth Annual Christmas Dinner. She has been doing this since 2011 after she says she was called to serve others.

"The Lord talked to me through a dream and told me I was gonna have a soup kitchen. I dreamed about it every night forever. Years. I'm talking about years," Pecco said.

Pecco gets a lot of volunteer help with this Annual Christmas Lunch, but she has a special little helper - her great-niece, 9-year old Samantha Pecco.

"She wants to spend all of her money on other children because she has what she wants and what she needs," Pecco said.

"We give every kid a toy and a stuffed animal and then a bag with stocking stuffers. They get like a hat and a glove or something," Samantha explained.

Samantha has been helping out each year since she was 4 years old. She talked about why she sacrifices getting more gifts for herself to give to others.

"They have not as much stuff as we do, and they deserve more," Samantha said. "They have a harder life than we do," she said.

Most of all, Samantha says she does this because she knows she is helping make someone else's life just a little brighter during the holidays.

"I see them being happy."

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