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Annual Gary Moore Christmas meal serves the Auburn community

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AUBURN, Ala. - One Auburn family teamed up with Red Lobster to make sure those who needed a meal on Christmas day got one.

The Gary Moore Christmas meal has been going on for 22 years. Even after Gary passed away in 1999, his wife and kids have kept up the tradition by going to the local Red Lobster, and providing food for those who need some cheer on Christmas Day.

The Moore family is serving up hot meals to East Alabama Mental Health patients, local first responders, and to the homeless around Lee, Russell, and Macon counties.

"It just fills our heart with joy to be able to feed the needy on Christmas day," said Karen Wiggins, wife of the late Gary Moore.

One volunteer, Ruthye Harper, has been serving Christmas day meals at Red Lobster since the beginning. And even though her husband is in the hospital this Christmas, she thought it was important to still give back to the community.

"The first year I did it, it brought tears to my eyes," said Harper. "When I saw what I had to do, I just started coming from that day on, every year, and it touched my heart to help somebody that need it."

Harper is just one of many volunteers taking time to serve meals on Christmas day. The Moore family said they were thankful for the donations and volunteers that make the event happen every year.

"It's the spirit of christmas," said Jason Moore, Gary's son. "It is what we were taught to believe in growing up. It's a great thing going to Red Lobster every Christmas day and see the smiling faces on the guests we serve. It's definitely the true meaning of Christmas."

And even though this Christmas is almost over, Jason says that hopefully they can provide a holiday meal for years to come.

"It's been a success and we're excited," said Moore. "And I hope we can continue to do this for 25 more years."
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