Giving Back this Christmas

While some families were home opening gifts on Christmas, other were giving back to the community.

The Book family is dedicating this year to service, and they are starting with volunteering at the shelter.

“We just wanted to give back to others, we don’t really need anything, and we just wanted to lend a helping hand,” said Volunteer, Gwen Book.

Giving back has created a greater bond between them.

"We have had a lot fun, and just being in the kitchen preparing the food together was a lot of fun,” said Book.

Around 35 people donated goods to the shelter for Wednesday’s meals, and Santa even came with gifts for the kids.

"We brought some Christmas mice, and they are just made out of little cookies and dipped cherries in the chocolate," said Volunteer, Maggie Cutosky.

Connection Cook, Mike Burke says there are more families staying at the shelter this holiday compared to last year, but spirits are still high.

"People that don’t have a lot, it’s just nice to help them out, it’s just the right thing to do," said Burke.

Around 40 people were fed at this Christmas meal.

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