With Christmas just hours away, Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach started the party a little early Tuesday, serving a Christmas Eve lunch for those without a place to call home. Volunteers are preparing for Christmas Day meals for those in need.
For homeless and working poor around Lincoln, they say they're lucky to have a place like Matt Talbot Kitchen to call home for the holidays. Jacqueline Fuhs recently started coming to Matt Talbot when the job search got tough.
"There would be a lot of people without and starving to death on Christmas, and they'll have something to look forward to," said Fuhs. "The people here are very generous, they're very kind, and very undertstanding to a lot of people's need here."
Folks over at Matt Talbot say it's just another Tuesday at the kitchen, that's because they help people like Fuhs throughout the year.
"We serve meals 7 days a week, Monday through Sunday, " says Community Events Coordinator, Vicky Drozd.
It takes a lot of Santa's helpers to make every day feel like a holiday.
"We rely on over 800 volunteers a year to come in and a lot of that food is donated by the teams."
Volunteers say it's times like Christmas that remind them the reason for the season, and the importance of what they do to help others.
The first thing you try to give is that smile, that may be the first smile of the day that they have given to them, but in retrospect we get that smile back," said Volunteer, Diane Beeman.
People that spend their time at Matt Talbot say they can't imagine being anywhere else for the holidays.
"They walk in our doors and they're not judged and that's a big relief to them," said Drozd.
Even though they might be down on their luck, many are still able to find something to be thankful for.
"Being alive and believing in God, that's my most thankful thing."
Matt Talbot will be serving Christmas Eve dinner tonight 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and on Christmas Day they'll have lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.