12/25/2013 1:58 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - While many people spend time with their family on this Christmas holiday, some Raleigh County residents have chosen to dine with neighbors they never knew they had.
Ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy was served to hundreds of locals who gathered at the United Methodist Temple's annual Christmas dinner. The event offers a restaurant-style dinner so that its guests feel special during the holidays.
Organizers told WOAY they host the event because Christ wanted his disciples to feed the poor.
"I just think it is important for people out there that are poor in whatever -- be it their spirit because they're alone today, be it their economical because they can't afford a meal," organizer Lisa Walker said. "It's just important for our church to reach out to the community in that way so that they have somewhere to go today whatever their need may be."
Mike Jones was grateful to be eating after his business went under.
"I just managed to get into a house before Christmas, and so I have a roof over my head again instead of being in a homeless shelter," he told WOAY.
Dinner organizers would like to thank their volunteers who catered to guests on a one-on-one basis.