The Downtown Rescue Mission made Christmas a little brighter for the homeless community in Huntsville. The Mission provided a Christmas meal to dozens in need.
More than 90 volunteers gave a helping hand to serve those in need, a hot meal this Christmas. They say showing the love of Christ is what the holiday is all about.
“I absolutely love the sweet potatoes,” said Ruth Bowdle.
Every year the Downtown Rescue Mission opens it’s doors on Christmas to feed the hungry and homeless in Huntsville.
“Many of our guest, unless we did a banquet here today, they would not have eaten today,” explained Kevin Mayes Senior Director of Ministry at the Downtown Rescue Mission.
Nearly 100 volunteers served turkey dinners and desserts to about 300 people. This is the 14th year Phyllis Roberts has spent Christmas day volunteering.
“I see the happy faces when I come, it’s great to give back, it’s such a blessing that I’m able to do this, and I encourage everybody to give back if you can, it’s just gratifying,” Roberts siad.
Some people are homeless and others simply can’t afford to put food on their table. They’re amazed at the love volunteers have for complete strangers.
“That’s huge especially on Christmas Day, they could be home with their families instead they’re here helping us and serving,” Bowdle added.
Folks at The Mission said thinking of someone else and not yourself, is the true meaning of Christmas.
“Christmas is good news of great joy, that’s what the angels were bringing on this day. So that’s what we want our guests to feel, good news of great joy. Feel the love of Christ to be served and accepted and loved on this time of year,” said Mayes.
The Downtown Rescue Mission has served more than 300,000 meals to people in need this year.