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Feeding the hungry on Christmas

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Volunteer Community Kitchen in Battle Creek, backed by a bunch of local volunteers, served up a free holiday dinner Christmas afternoon.

They invited anyone in need of food, holiday cheer of companionship to join them for the feast.

They say no one should have to spend Christmas alone.

"I think what makes it so special for people to come here is that we provide a very warm and loving place for people to be together with family and friends," said Diana Langenburg, Co-Chair of Volunteer Community Kitchen.

About 800 people gobbled down some turkey, ham and all the other Christmas Day fixings.

Guests also got a free concert from some Christmas carolers and holiday goodie bags.

In Grand Rapids, Mel Trotter Ministries served up some good tidings as well.

About 60 volunteers gave up part of their holiday to prepare food for people who might not otherwise get to enjoy a warm meal.

"Had 50 to 100 people we expect, we expect to serve around 300-400 people today. Basically anyone in the community who needs to somewhere to go to get out of the cold get out of the snow and get a Christmas meal can come here and receive that here at Mel Trotter," said Coordinator Melissa Blancharde.

In addition to the dinner, the people who came to the shelter were given gift bags full of toothbrushes, socks and gloves.