JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - One Jonesboro church got the idea 30 years ago to do something special for the community for Christmas and they continue that tradition even now.
Pastor Glen Conley with Miller's Temple Church said the idea for their annual Christmas Feeding Event began with his mother in a small church just a couple miles from their current location.
Conley said they started by cooking as much as they could before Christmas and inviting people to come out and receive a hot meal for free.
When Conley's mother died in 1988, he said the church made it their mission to continue making sure no one is alone during holidays.
"It's an opportunity for us to get out and really reach out to our community and those who are shut-in and just let them know that somebody cares about them," Conley said. "Love is giving, so we want to give. That's why we have all members that come here and spend a little time and serving."
What started as a small project has now turned into Miller's Temple Church serving between 200 and 250 plates of food each Christmas Eve.
Conley said the church also provides delivery service, as well as going back and checking on local residents, making sure they have meals for Christmas Day as well.
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