LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Although the temperatures don't show it, the Christmas spirit is alive in East Texas. In fact, hundreds of volunteers spent their morning delivering meals to more than 5,000 families in need.
Many of the recipients who said this meal was the ultimate Christmas present.
"We had nothing, and that's how good God is," Debra Peveto, one of the recipients said. "Y'all come and bring the food, I am so thankful for y'all."
Several volunteers spent their Christmas Eve packaging and delivering meals to those in need.
"It's one of the greatest things that we could be a part of at this time of year," Jeremiah Campbell, program director for Lufkin Dream Center said. "We have so much, and we just want to be able to give back."
After loading up each vehicle with boxes of food, teams of volunteers went door to door around East Texas handing out plates to families. For some first time volunteers, this experience has changed their perception of how people should perceive the holidays.
"We should really take into consideration that others are not getting to spend it at home with their family," Remy Dominey, a volunteer said. "Some are barely making it, and all they pray for on Christmas is for someone to bring them a plate."
The group also offered prayer to those who needed it the most. Take Peveto, who said she didn't know how she was going to feed her family on Christmas Eve.
She sees this meal as a gift from above.
"We're just thankful for it, when you see no way he (God) makes a way," Peveto said. "God said he'll take care of us and he does."
This experience has helped strengthen many of the volunteer's belief in the power of prayer.
"I asked her (one of the recipients) if she wanted us to pray, she looked at her baby and you could tell that child had been through something," Dominey said. "She seemed so reluctant to say it, and I told her the Lord can do anything. He can bless us in any way possible. It touched my heart when she finally did said ok, let's do it."
The Dream center has been providing Christmas meals for the last 6 years.
The idea came from a scripture in Matthews.