HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s the season of giving, and on this Christmas Day and volunteers dedicated some time to help those in need in Holyoke.
“Volunteering is great, it makes your heart feel good. and when you have many blessings, then it’s important to give back,” Suzanne Paris from South Hadley told 22News.
That’s just what you could find a few individuals doing on Christmas Day, a small group of volunteers came together to set up for the lunch taking place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. It invites anyone who may be struggling on the holiday to enjoy a free, warm meal. Diana Preston of Chicopee has volunteered for the past 12 years, something she felt called to do following a serious car accident she survived.
“I had blood transfusions and you know people saved my life. So after that happened, I was like okay you know it’s time for me to start giving back and do more in the community because I had a second chance at life,” said Preston.
Preston brought her two sons to assist in meal prep too, hoping they too come to appreciate the importance of serving others.
“The world doesn’t revolve around us, you know it’s about giving back and what you can do for other people and just making the world a better place,” said Preston.
Kate’s Kitchen Chef, Freddy, agrees that giving of yourself is what the holiday is all about.
“A lot of people out there are without meals and places to go so we help them out,” said Freddy.
Freddy says that typically around 100 people attend the meal, which consists of various meat options, vegetables, fruits, snacks, desserts and more. It’s this type of effort that brings about the true joy of the holiday season.
“I hope everybody has a nice Christmas, and we’ll do our best here to make sure that everyone does,” said Freddy.