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Nashville Salvation Army Provides Christmas Day Meals

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nearly 300 people came out to the Salvation Army's Center of Hope in East Nashville Christmas Day for a hot meal and a little holiday spirit.

The organization opened its doors once again Wednesday to provide the needy with a hot meal. A van went out into the community to pick-up people who were hungry.

"We have a volunteer that goes out and searches the areas we know where the homeless reside, sometimes at the bridges, and places like that. We just pick up anybody who wants to come for a hot meal, and bring them in," said Major Ed Lee with the Salvation Army.

Volunteers provided restaurant-style service to everyone who came to eat, with live Christmas music playing in the background.

"We have servers who are going out and serving the food, drink orders. We have people in the back that are actually helping serve the actual plates," volunteer Phillip Lavallet explained.

Not only were visitors given a plate of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, green beans and dessert, they also received hats and gloves that were donated to the organization.

"They were nice enough to wrap those up and we're just giving them out as gifts for men, women, and boys and girls, like that. So, very nice," Major Lee said.

One of the volunteers knew just how much help the Salvation Army had provided to the community. Alison Manchester lives at the Center of Hope, but knew still wanted to volunteer.

"The Lord works in mysterious ways, and that it be good to help somebody else, like they help us," Manchester said.

The Salvation Army purchased all the food served at the Christmas Day meal with donated money.

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