DALLAS - Just like Santa Claus, Christmas morning for Meals on Wheels starts early. Really early.
”Were here at 4:00 in the morning getting ready to prepare 4,300 individual turkey dinners,” says Cathryn Krause CEO of VNA.
All over DFW, volunteers brought Christmas to those less fortunate.
“Some of these people don`t have a family so I treat them like my family,” says volunteer Ron Joiner.
From Meals on Wheels, to meals without wheels, the Salvation Army brought Christmas cheer around lunchtime for the homeless.
“We usually have about 1,000 (people) that come out,” says Lt. Stephanie Christopher. “And we feed and love and sing and pray, all of the things that go along with a traditional Christmas.”
It’s especially meaningful for people like Alton Boyd, who spent many many Christmases over the past 20 years living on the streets, addicted to alcohol.
“I’ve seen love in all the wrong places, but now I’ve seen love in all the right places,” he says.
Living at the Salvation Army and getting sober now. Boyd plans on serving the homeless, instead of being homeless himself in a year.
“I see myself in an apartment of my own I see myself driving a car and I see myself helping people that couldn’t help themselves,” he says.
And that’s certainly a Christmas tradition worth keeping.