HAGERSTOWN, Md.- A group of about 100 volunteers gathered at the Reach cold weather shelter on Franklin Street in Hagerstown, to package and deliver hot meals to local seniors.
Celebration Ministries has been hosting the Christmas Day event for the past 16 years.
Clarence Horst of Celebration Ministries says it’s all about giving back.
“We have a group of volunteers that just feel it is important to bring Christmas joy and cheer to somebody,” said Horst. “For some people, this will be the only connection they have with any human being.”
For some families, donating their time on Christmas morning has become a yearly tradition. Tony Bobbit and his family have been volunteering at the Reach center on Christmas morning for the past six years. Bobbit says he likes to donate his time in honor of his late son.
“We decided we wanted to change Christmas up and do something that would honor him, something he would appreciate,” said Bobbit.
In all, volunteers will package and deliver nearly 400 hot meals to local seniors.
Along with the meal delivery, Celebration Ministries will also serve a Christmas Day lunch at the Reach center.
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