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Salvation Army serves Christmas dinner to people in need

VIDEO: Salvation Army serves Christmas dinner to people in need

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}While many enjoyed Christmas dinner with family Monday, volunteers at the Salvation Army in Bristol, Tennessee were busy serving those in need.BRISTOL, Tenn. -

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}More than 40 people were treated to a turkey dinner.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"It is certainly difficult to be homeless and on the streets, but especially so through the holidays,” Salvation Army Major Art Fultz said. “We want to be sure they're not without a nice Christmas dinner."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Kendra Brooks comes back home from Northern Virginia every year to help.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"This is a cause that's really near and dear to my heart,” Brooks said. “I grew up in Southwest Virginia and I know that there's a lot of people less fortunate than myself, so any I can do to help, I'm always happy to do so."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}She said she enjoys helping serve up the meal.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"It's just one of the best feelings ever,” Brooks said. “The fact that you can help somebody who's less fortunate; these people, they just need a helping hand, and I'm just glad to be able to give them a helping hand."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}It helps people like former professor David Galloway.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"People will treat you like a second-class citizen,” Galloway said. “They don't know your story. You run into problems, and they jump to conclusions."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Galloway said he lost his job and eventually his home several months ago.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"Well it's very distressing,” Galloway said. “I went through this when my mother died - I mean, before my mother died, and now it's worse because my mother's dead and I can't live with her anymore."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}He said the volunteers at the salvation army have been there for him.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"They've been very helpful, very nice and helpful,” Galloway said. “They treat me like a human being."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}The Salvation Army’s work continues 365 days a year, but this year's red kettle revenues have been less than expected, falling well short of the $100,000 goal.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"It was extremely difficult getting bell-ringers this season,” Fultz said. “The weather certainly didn't cooperate. We do have until the end of the month before we'll total up and announce our final total."

{p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Fultz says he'll work with salvation army leaders to make sure the kitchen stays open and no one goes hungry. He is still accepting donations through December 31. If you would like to donate, you can visit the Salvation Army website or mail donations to PO Box 887, Bristol, TN 37621.

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