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Volunteers feed over a thousand people on Christmas

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Some of Santa's elves were up extra early Christmas morning and working overtime in the kitchen at the Utica Rescue Mission. Working side by side, over 200 volunteers cooked and packed up a little Christmas cheer.

The folks behind the scenes have spent days preparing the 70 turkeys, 40 hams, 350 pounds of potatoes, 30 gallons of gravy and 150 pies to feed a thousand hungry people on Christmas proving that it takes an army to feed an army.

And if you ask Reverend Bill Dodge of the Utica Rescue Mission, he will tell you the old proverb is true...it is better to give than to receive this time of year.

The spirit of giving didn't end there. It continued down at Mother Marianne's west side soup kitchen in Utica and also down in the valley, the doors at the United First Methodist Church were wide open.

"People come and find it good to be with other people over the holiday," says Florence Cummins, a longtime volunteer, who also noted that there's no better way to spend Christmas day.

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