Salvation Army brings holiday cheer serving hundreds for Christmas

Photo: CBS Austin

Holiday cheer doesn’t just come from one place. You can find it anywhere, and today, on Christmas Eve, Greg Lucas found it at the Salvation Army shelter in downtown Austin where the non-profit hosted its annual Christmas meal lunch.

"It's make a difference having a hot meal just in itself, and being around people,” Lucas said.

As an army veteran now dealing with homelessness, a hot meal and good company makes the holiday a little more special.

"You're not exactly sure where you're going to stay at or where you're going to eat,” he said. "I'm grateful, very."

Johnny Salinas is one of more than 20 volunteers at the shelter, who helped serve more than 375 meals Monday afternoon.

"It's just in my heart to give back the blessings that I have,” Salinas said. "It's about love, peace, and giving, and the more you give, the warmer you feel. You know, it's awesome."

Corey Leith, communications director at Salvation Army in Austin, says these lunches and other programs run throughout the year aren’t possible without their volunteers.

"We do have volunteers that help us out year-round, and for those who are looking to volunteer with us throughout the year, you can visit (HYPERLINK), and we can definitely set you up with one of our programs that we do 365,” Leith said.

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