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Godtel, volunteers make Christmas brighter for residents with annual breakfast


For 30 years one East Texas ministry has been making the Christmas season brighter for those in need.

On Wednesday, Godtel Ministries kept their tradition of service going to ensure everyone was fed on Christmas Day. The kindness of strangers helped to spread Christmas cheer.

"Godtel stands for ‘God's open door to eternal life,'" said Martin Baker, the vice president and director for missions for Godtel.

And that's exactly what the Lufkin mission did; it opened its doors on Christmas Day.

"I smelled the bacon from outside," said Teighlor Little, a Godtel resident.

This marked the sixth year for Godtel to host their Christmas Day breakfast. Volunteers say their goal is to help provide those in need with a Christmas-filled with cheer.

Little said she's been staying at Godtel for the past three weeks and said it's nice to have a place to call home.

"It feels really good to just be able to have somewhere to have a roof over my head and not be under a bridge," Little said.

Little said she's thankful for volunteers like 12-year-old Ty Edins for making their Christmas a little bit brighter.

"We've just been working hard on the food for everybody," Edins said.

Edins came to Godtel with his mom and dad. He said this is his first year to ever volunteer instead of opening gifts on Christmas Day.

"I feel kind of good because I'm helping people that have no home, and now, they have a place to stay," Edins said.

Resident Christopher Themis said he's been looking forward to the Christmas breakfast. He said it's a true blessing and a reminder of the kindness of good people.

"I'm sure when you're a young kid you're looking for Santa Claus to come and bring you stuff, but as you grow older you realize there are more important things," Themis said.

That's what the spirit of Christmas is all about.

Godtel officials say that during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is when they see an increase in volunteers. However, they also except volunteers years round to help serve the community.

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