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Valley Rescue Mission serves hundreds of Christmas meals

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Geneva McKelvy wanted to treat her family to a Christmas meal, but she had just used the last of her money to pay her utility bill. So instead of buying food, she brought her family to the Community Christmas Dinner instead.

“This is a place where you can always come and be fed and greeted as family,” says McKelvy.

It's McKelvy's 3rd year coming to the dinner hosted by Valley Rescue Mission. She says now, she won't have to worry about where her Christmas meal comes from.

“I'm going home full. I won't go to bed hungry,” says McKelvy.

Valley Rescue Mission says the goal of the event is to provide a meal and company to those who wouldn't have these things on Christmas.

“Coming here just adds a lot of hope to their day, a lot of enjoyment, it takes away some of that feeling of isolation,” says Donna Pearce, the Director of Development at Valley Rescue Mission. 

  Wednesday's meal included turkey and ham, dressing, green beans, and desserts. Most of the food was donated by small businesses and individuals.

Adrian Orr is one of the hundred volunteers giving up a part of their Christmas. He says he brought his family to teach them what the holiday is all about.

 “I's about giving and it's a way to shot my daughters that it's not just about receiving, but its also about giving back as well,” says Orr.

McKelvy says coming to the Community Christmas Dinner has become a tradition, and she can't imagine a Christmas without it.

“Oh man, I wouldn't feel too good with no meal. It wouldn't be a Merry Christmas,” says McKelvy.

Valley Rescue Mission says 2,000 years ago, hope was born in a manger. Wednesday, it was provided in a tent.

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