Salvation Army feeds thousands in Denver on Christmas Eve

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DENVER -- The luncheon had music, food, photography, and even Santa. The only difference between this gathering and perhaps your family’s was the size – over a thousand guests.

The event is the 40th annual Salvation Army Christmas Eve Luncheon, an opportunity for the less fortunate in Denver to gather and friends for a good meal on Christmas.

“If you are a homeless person, you are cared about,” Lt. Col. Dan Starrett with the Salvation Army said.

“We start planning this in July,” Starrett added.

Starrett says approximately 1,100 meals would be served at the Denver Convention Center on Christmas Eve.

“That’s pretty cool they do this every year to help out,” Tom Pletcher, an attendee, said.

“I was telling my sister if it wasn't for the Salvation Army, a lot of people would be going hungry this Christmas,” Norma Pickett, Pletcher’s Aunt, said.

But you don’t have to be in need to feel the Christmas spirit. Over 400 volunteers participated including Clare Casey, a 9-year-old girl who came with her mom.

“I think it’s fun for me to make people happy,” Casey said with a smile.

After the event, which ran from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Salvation Army fed hundreds of more meals at their main shelter in the city.

Reported by Joe St. George

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