Local Church Opens On Christmas To Feed First Responders And More

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They are celebrating Christmas the old fashion way with a home cooked meal.

The Rockfield United Methodist Church will be opening its doors Christmas day for a free meal, offering everything you can think of.

"We have a lot of good cooks here at our church. We will have turkey, ham, dressing, mash potatoes, corn, green beans, cranberries, desserts," says Cleatie Hughes.

And all that food is open to everyone.

Church members volunteered their time all day Monday and will again on Christmas for the big rush. The idea for the meal is all about giving back and being thankful for having family nearby during the holidays.

"There are so many of us here at church and in our community that have family here. We would like to just reach out to our community," says Hughes.

Volunteers at the church have been giving back to our community for the last 9 years. As the Christmas day feast has grown so has the church itself.

"When we first started we used to have it at Chaney's Dairy Barn because we didn't have this facility, but now we have our new fellowship hall so we can have it here right beside the church," says Mary Lowdermilk.

Although they are volunteering on a holiday church members say it's all worth it. They are feeding not only those without someone, but those whose job it is to respond 365 days a year.

"It's just so much fun to be here on Christmas morning you know we are here getting the food ready. You know it's just wonderful. We take it to all the fire houses, police stations, they are always just waiting on us," says Lowdermilk.

All the food served on Christmas is donated by church members.

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