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Volunteers prepare Christmas dinner for hundreds at Springfield homeless shelter

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Christian Public Service volunteers spent Monday morning cooking up some Christmas cheer at Friends of the Homeless shelter on Worthington Street.

Volunteers chopped, stirred and peeled tirelessly to prepare for the shelter's 25th annual Christmas dinner. This includes volunteers like Katherine Malave. Christmas Eve was her first day volunteering at the shelter.

"I think it's great to give back to the community for people who don't have anything ... I honestly think the community needs to give back a little more the way the economy is today," Malave said.

Just on Sunday, shelter representatives said they saw an all-time high of 224 people for dinner. This Christmas, representatives said they expect to see between 150 and 300 people for dinner, but they are hopeful the turnout is low, for one important reason.

"I hope they're able to go home for the day. We're a great place, and we serve an awful nice meal, but if I could choose some place for these folks to be tomorrow, it would be home," said Regina Packard, kitchen manager at Friends of the Homeless.

Christmas dinner will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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