Hundreds Volunteer to Help Those in Need

By: John Tramontana Email
By: John Tramontana Email

It's been an annual event for the Sharp family for more than 25 years.

"It's kind of how we think about our Christmas," Kevin Sharp said.

Kevin along with his parents, cousins, and grandparents have been a major part of the Volunteers of America holiday meal program each year. They help to prepare nearly five hundred dinners for those in need in the community.

"We hope to give them a little glimmer of family and friends and a home cooked meal," he added.

Kevin began working 10 years ago, 15 years after his grandparents started. The family keeps coming back for one simple reason.

"It's Christmas," said Arlene Sharp who has been volunteering for more than 25 years.

More than 30 volunteers pack the meals in the morning. From turkey to mashed potatoes, with plenty of gravy, the meal just wouldn't be complete without a piece of pie for desert.

"I can't think of anything worse than sitting home alone today and not even getting a decent meal," said even organizer John Hoekje. "We think it's wonderful that all the businesses and people were able to help put all this together."

Once the meals are packed up and ready to go, it's time for more than one hundred drivers to pick them up and deliver them all over town. It's a process they say exemplifies the true meaning of Christmas, giving to others. Kevin says the slight sacrifice he makes each year is more than worth it.

"I enjoy giving up my presents on Christmas morning to help and give to others."

It's a sentiment shared by hundreds who make the program possible every Christmas.


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