Wichitans are spreading holiday cheer by giving back this Christmas Eve

WICHITA, Kan (KSNW) – A local non-profit organization continued its tradition of helping those in need this Christmas Eve.

While many people were busy in town getting ready for Christmas Day, several volunteers spent the day at Lord’s Diner bringing more than just a hot meal to those in need.

Much food was served at the Lord’s dinner on Christmas Eve.

“There are a lot of amazing people who come here, both volunteers and people who eat here. So I just think all the conversations you have and the friendships you make are a blessing, ”said Brian Bergkamp, ​​who volunteered at Lord’s Diner on Christmas Eve.

More than a dozen volunteers came to feed a crowded parking lot.

“Christmas is full of emotions for everyone. Of course, there is joy and excitement, and on the other side, there is loneliness and grief. But, at Lord’s Diner, it’s full of love and gratitude, ”said Beth Barron, pantry coordinator for The Lord’s Diner.

“I’m probably looking for some company or just a good meal with a good group of people,” Bergkamp said.

In addition to a hot meal, the guests on this vacation night also received gloves, socks and other things to keep warm this winter.

“I’m lucky to have most of my family like the rest of the volunteers tonight, so it’s a pretty wonderful way to spend the holidays,” said Barron.

For now, The Lord’s Diner is still handing out take-out food due to COVID, but the hope is that next year everyone can sit down together again.

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