Volunteers deliver Christmas dinner

By Alyssa Donovan

December 25, 2012 Updated Dec 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Volunteers at the South Side Mission spent the day making sure everyone in the community has a warm meal on Christmas.

Meg Newell of the South Side Mission said, "We are having hundreds of families coming out today that are just coming out and they want to be a part of something great. And they are looking for ways to serve God and they come here. And we help them do that."

A lot of the volunteers that come out to deliver meals are familiar faces to the mission.

Newell said, "This is the time that they come and volunteer at the mission. So its really like the family you see once or twice a year for us."

"Once you do it once you get hooked so we come volunteer at Thanksgiving and Christmas and whenever we can otherwise," said Volunteer Kev Swardinsky.

Some of the volunteers even have their own style of delivering the meals.

Volunteer Cathy J. Reynolds said, "We usually like to come out and sing Christmas carols to everybody."

Reynolds usually has her whole family with her but on Tuesday, it was just her and her husband.

"Vern usually dressed up as an elf and my son dressed up as like a Santa with no beard. And then we usually wear our Santa hats and get a little bit crazy. But after last year we thought maybe it was a little overwhelming for people," said Reynolds.

So this year, they ditched the costumes and just stick to singing. If no one is home, the dinner is left at the door so it will be waiting for them when they get there.

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