Volunteers serve thousands of Christmas meals to those in need

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Shortly after presents were unwrapped and Santa’s work was revealed, many families stepped out Christmas morning to help those who aren’t as lucky.

Buffalo City Mission Executive Director Stuart Harper said, “I think it’s a great opportunity for families particularly families with kids because the kids have so much when they wake up on Christmas morning and many of the people they’re serving to don’t have a whole lot.”

At the Buffalo City mission, 500 volunteers have been working for two weeks to prepare for their Hambone Express Program.

They delivered 3,700 meals to Buffalo’s elderly, poor and home-bound individuals and families.

Harper said, “I think that the biggest surprise for them is that they realize that they may be the only person that that person sees today and what a blessing that is to be that person, you can go in and give them a hot meal and wish them a Merry Christmas it’s just a great opportunity.”

Dozens of those in need of a meal or just company showed up to the Salvation Army on Main Street in Buffalo for a traditional dinner.

Major Thomas Applin of the Salvation Army of Erie County said, “It’s about providing a family atmosphere for people who might not have Christmas dinner or might have to spend it alone, they’re our family so we spend it with them.”

The volunteers are part of that family and many have been coming here for years.

Madison Chamberlain said, “I just love to bring the Christmas spirit to the city of Buffalo and the community and I love to help out the salvation army because they do great things for the community.”

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