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Volunteers Serve Up Holiday Spirit

FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Many are blessed to have a home where family and friends come together for a wonderful Christmas feast, but the Salvation Army steps in for those that do not.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Many are blessed to have a home where family and friends come together for a wonderful Christmas feast, but the Salvation Army steps in for those that do not.

"We have certain people still cooking, people serving, people handing out drinks and getting everything ready."

More than 200 plates of food were served at The Salvation Army in Fayetteville to those less fortunate this holiday season.

"You will see anybody in here whether it be just single parents or whether it be our homeless population or people who are just trying to make ends meet, or have nowhere else to go."

Chris Williams is a resident at the shelter, but spent his Christmas morning keeping busy in the kitchen.

"I feel very blessed to be here and this is my first year doing this kind of work so it's very beneficial... It allows homeless people to have a place and to have a really good meal kind of like a family-based feeling."

17-year-old Tosha Williams has been volunteering with her dad for the last five years.

"Whenever he told me to come up here he just said, it's really nice giving to people. You need to start learning what it is to give instead of receiving all the time... You always feel good after you do it."

Now, she is starting to see familiar faces.

"You always remember them when they come back so you always know what to talk about with them because you've talked to them before."

But for many spending time at the shelter, it's about more than a plate of hot food. It's about celebrating Christmas with newfound family.

"It's good to have a little community and a little bit of a family feel. This offers a great opportunity for people to come and connect... It has opened my eyes and opened my heart to do better things for my community," said Chris.


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