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Volunteers Reach Out to Serve Others

COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) -- Some some people in the tri-state, Christmas dinner would not have been possible without the help of others.

For the 26th straight year, Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio provided Christmas to hundreds in need. 

They formed a long line to be served a hot Christmas day meal.  Another line snaked along the Northern Kentucky Convention Center offering families everything from presents to clothing and bags of food.  Serving the nearly two thousand people in need were some 400 volunteers.

Eunice Shackelford spends every Christmas serving others.

"I really enjoy doing this.  I love the people and they're less fortunate than us and I believe God intends us to help the people that need help.  So, I'm here."

Local 12 News anchor Kit Andrews and her family were among those volunteering at this annual dinner.  For some, volunteering on Christmas day brought them great joy as they brought joy to others.

Volunteer Joey Bender said, "It doesn't hurt to give back, give back as much as you possibly can year around.  Just keep doing it and if you can get out there, get out there.  It helps you, it helps them."

Even Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand.  Some children were eager to visit with the jolly couple; others not so much. 

While many of the people being served Wednesday are homeless, others are in need because of a tough economy.  Money is short.  Some have lost jobs or homes and they need help.

"He recently lost his job, I'm a student right now and I'm not working.  It's just, trying to get by and we didn't have any kind of Christmas dinner today."

Stephanie McDaniel says this is the first time she has had to reach out for help.  She found it here on Christmas day saying, "My son is smiling he's enjoying himself so seeing him enjoy himself is helping me enjoy myself"

The Christmas day event has grown over the years.  The first year, 35 people attended.  Now hundreds are served.




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