Local churches serve hundreds of Christmas meals to the needy

Published 12/25 2013 05:38PM

Updated 12/25 2013 08:02PM

Hundreds and hundreds of hot meals were served with a smile and kind word this Christmas.
 "We're here to help and we're here to be a part of this day together," said Danielle Reans, First United Methodist Church, Shreveport.
Local churches stepped up to ensure the entire community could enjoy a little fellowship and good food.
"We prepared for 500 - we've already sent out over a 120 plates to people who can't get up and about get out," said Pastor William B Hines, Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church.
Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church joined forces with Kingdom Covenant Church to fulfill their Christmas mission.
"We decided to feed Shreveport.  Let's do all we can to feed all of those who need tp ne touched in a loving, kind way," said Bishop Timmie Howard, Sr., Kingdom Covenant Church.
"Especially homeless people... We don’t want to hand them a plate and take it over to the shed somewhere.  We want them to come in, and be relaxed, and let them know we're people that love them," said Hines.
They also reached out to public service workers who sacrifice their holiday to protect the community.
"Policemen, deputy sheriffs, state troopers who are on duty,” said Hines.
First United Methodist Church also opened their arms and their doors to needy families.
"This is an opportunity to share a Christmas Day meal with friends and neighbors - street homeless or living in shelters... Also for folks who don't want to be alone for Christmas," said Reans.
Like Donald Mishell.
"I don't have a wide anymore.  She passed away... It'll be two years in July... Miss her a lot and there are some lonely times, lonely days," said Mishell.
For volunteers, helping others, and seeing their appreciation is what this day is all about.
"It’s all my pleasure to be able to come here today - this Christmas Day," said Mishell.
The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission also served Christmas lunch to all of their residents who are homeless.

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