Good Christmas Deeds

December 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
There are people all over the valley who volunteered on Christmas day with no other reason than wanting to help someone else. They truly believe it's better to give than to receive.Good Samaritan, Lou Amendola gives out dollar bills hoping those who need the cash can buy themselves a hot meal."They're all good people they're no different than anybody else. They just need a helping hand." He said.

On a cold, wet Christmas morning, young and old stand in Irma Mitchell's line for a bowl of hot soup to fill their bellies. "It's just a thrill. Some you wouldn't believe it. They just love it." Mitchell said.

Every year her church group passes out blankets, toys and clothes to those less fortunate like Manuel Hernandez, who said, "I'm homeless I live out here in a tent."

On this Christmas, Hernandez is thankful for a bowl of chili and the kindness of others. He said, "To everyone serving here its God feeling, its spirit feeling. It warms our hearts too."

In the south valley people like Joe Heredia are welcomed in from the cold. "There are a lot of people out here that don't have no family, they don't have no money. They can't afford a little meal." Heredia said.

At the Episcopal Church of Savior soup kitchen in Hanford, Heredia can sit down to a family style dinner with friends and family. "Thank God we made it here. Free food free turkey." he added

Volunteers here are serving turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes. Doris Fernandez said they made enough food for about 300 people. "My credo is I wouldn't serve anything to you I wouldn't eat at home."

76 year-old Fernandez has been serving Christmas dinners for years here at the church.

"Taking care of our fellow man, making sure they are fed and have some thing to drink and something to eat." She said that's what Christmas is all about.

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