Christmas spirit alive and well at St. John's Breadline
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
The community is giving back to Springfield families in need by making sure everyone has a Christmas meal.
Every person at the St. John's Breadline holiday feast had this response when we asked them, "Is the Christmas spirit alive here?"
"Oh yeah," said Keith Boggs, Springfield resident. "Everybody's happy. That's a good thing."
"Yes," said Gary Whiteside, Springfield resident. "It's very alive."
Whiteside isn't homeless, but he says times are tough.
A hot meal at the Breadline makes a world of difference.
"I experience through the people, kindness, and camaraderie," Whiteside said.
It's a tight-knit group who consider one another as family.
The special Christmas Day meal wouldn't be possible without the generosity of the volunteers.
Some volunteers said it makes spending the holiday away from home helping those in need well worthwhile.
"The most touching thing that I've seen is a truck came with some toys and passed it out to all the kids that were here," said volunteer Cheryl Schleyhahn.