WICHITA FALLS, TX
A tradition three decades in the making took place this afternoon in Wichita Falls.
With the help of Joy Baptist Church and the community, Faith Mission was able to serve about 120 people at its Christmas Eve lunch.
Volunteers of all ages came out to this annual event, and a lot of them said giving back is the best part of Christmas.
Faith Mission has been serving the community since 1958.
Steve Sparks the Chief Executive Officer of Faith Mission's said serving this lunch allows the mission to share the Christmas spirit.
“It’s great because many of our clients don't have family they don't have any place to go for Christmas dinner so this gives them an opportunity to be around other people and enjoy the community,” said Sparks.
Monte Marchman has been a volunteer for over 20 years. Why does he do it?
“You gain a lot of gratitude. It makes you feel good about doing it. Once we ever have somebody come help us they usually want to come back,” said Marchman.
Many volunteers start at a young age, and they understand the importance of giving.
“It's not fair for other people that they don't get presents but we do. So, I think it's important to help give them a full stomach,” said a young boy named Gabe Carson.
Sparks said Joy Baptist church of Clay County takes pride in serving the community.
“Joy Baptist Church and its members brought the food over here. They actually used our kitchen to cook it. They cooked all the pies, dressing and turkey,” said Sparks.
Monty Marchman and Gabe Carson agree that there is something to gain from serving those who might be experiencing a rough patch in their lives.
Sparks wanted to thank everybody who made this possible. He reminds us of the importance to give around the holidays, but said it is always a good time to help out those who need it.
With cold weather heading to Texoma this weekend, the mission said it needs blankets, coats and winter gear now more than ever.