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A Christmas feast from the heart

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- There's nothing like a nice, hot Christmas meal. Every year, the Salvation Army makes sure everyone's able to enjoy this luxury, even those who can't afford one of their own.

"It's good."

Ham, vegetables, potatoes, and a variety of desserts. It's a holiday feast that anyone could enjoy at the Salvation Army.

"It's very nice having everybody come in for a Christmas meal."

What's even nicer is that this feast, while filled with love, was free for anyone who needed a good meal. The Salvation Army hosts Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners every year for those who can't afford to have one. This year, Major James Frye says attendance was up by a good 20 to 30 people.

"A lot of people, you know, may have lost their bonus at Christmas time, they may have lost their job. And that's happening in a lot of communities. So, I think that's why when people all begin to feel that, they're either going to volunteer or find themselves here and being taken care of," says Frye.

There was also a high amount of volunteers help serving and cooking as well. One family pushed back their Christmas time with relatives to help the Salvation Army when the main cook became injured. But they say you can't beat helping your fellow neighbor.

"There isn't anything like it. I mean, that's why we're put here on earth, it's to help other people. We're blessed to be a blessing," explains volunteer, Bunny Yanish.

Frye told many heart-warming stories of families coming and great donations by charitable people. He says the Salvation Army couldn't have pulled this off without them.

Major Frye says there were 50 volunteers on hand to help serve those today. They were able to pay a lot of this meal from donations through the kettle drive.

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