Salvation Army's Christmas Night Dinner Draws A Big Crowd

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- From turkey and tea to potatoes and pie, folks at the Salvation Army made sure those in need had a warm Christmas dinner. The cooking started early Thursday morning, and dozens lined up ready to fill their plates with a holiday feast.

"This is the biggest crowd we've had in the five years I've been here," said Andrea Tate.

Andrea Tate has spent the last 5 Christmas night's volunteering her time to those in need....doing everything from serving food to serving up a smile.

"There's no where else I would rather be than here on Christmas night helping other people," said Tate.

"When I was a little girl, the Salvation Army really helped me out.  It's kind of close to my heart and I wanted to give something back to the Salvation Army and do something good," said Green.

This is Antoinette Green's first Christmas volunteering at the Salvation Army. She says she is thankful for what she took away from her experience. Larry Sellars is in his first year cooking for the Salvation Army in Jonesboro.

"I was surprised we had as many people as we did. I knew there was a need in Jonesboro but I didn't know we'd have so many people," said Sellars.

Larry estimates about 50 people were fed during the Salvation Army's Christmas night dinner. He says not only is he thankful for the food served on Christmas night--he's thankful for the volunteers serving it.