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Local charity ensures 600 families will have Christmas dinner
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
Many people are looking forward to eating a Christmas feast next week. However, for some families that dinner isn't possible without a helping hand. A local charity, Cathedral Community Development, has been giving out Christmas dinner essentials for the past 10 years. Their coordinator says she's seen a much greater need for help this year, than ever before.
People lined up outside of the Cathedral Community Development building, which is on the grounds of the Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church, as early as four this morning. All waited eagerly to pick up their choice of a whole chicken or half of a ham, and other Christmas dinner basics like bread, dessert, and canned goods.
"It's a blessing, because if it wasn't for the churches helping people I just don't know what some of us would do," said Esther Joseph.
Joseph says without the help, her daughter, granddaughter, and herself would have a very different Christmas dinner.
"Oh Lord, I don't know," said Joseph. "Maybe a sandwich."
Marylyn Rivera is picking up food to feed her family of six on Christmas day. Like Joseph, without Cathedral Community Development, her Christmas meal would be different.
"Oh it wouldn't be so good, it would be kind of sad, you know," said Rivera. "It would be regular stuff like beans and rice."
Rivera says thanks to this charity, not only can she feed her family, but she's happy to provide for anyone else who needs a Christmas meal.
"And if we can help feed somebody it's a blessing, because we're getting help too. And so we try to help others also," said Rivera.
The coordinator for Catholic Community Development, Georgia Curtis, says a lot more people need help this year than in the past.
"Oh yes, it's a very great need," said Curtis. "Incomes are falling, food stamps are falling, so we are the back up for that."
"The things that we get here we couldn't afford to buy," said Rivera. "So it's a blessing that they're buying this for us."
Curtis says she'll make sure every last person standing in line receives what they need to have a good Christmas meal.
"Oh it's so important, because everybody wants something on their table for Christmas, and we're so happy we can do it," said Curtis.
She hopes their efforts ensure everyone has a merry Christmas.
"Oh ya, I'm having a merry Christmas, and hope everybody else has a merry Christmas!" said Joseph as she left with her food.