Holiday help needed to make sure thousands in Cleveland have a warm meal this Christmas

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CLEVELAND- A Cleveland church that  feeds thousands of people for Christmas needs your help. The church needs volunteers so they can distribute thousands of meals to the less fortunate this holiday.

"We do it because there are people that need help, people who serve and it's what Christ thought us to do-- to serve others and especially the poor," said Sister Corita Ambro.

For 42 years, Sister Corita and St. Augustine Church on West 14th Street in Cleveland have been feeding thousands of people during the Christmas holiday.  This year, St. Augustine needs volunteers to prepare, pack and deliver meals. Some volunteers say it's a fulfilling experience to help others.

"It's so important, not only during Christmas but every day because this is a place of love and attention and giving of spiritual things to people," said Nita McCloud, volunteer.

***Click for a list of free holiday meals***

"Everybody needs help and we all need to be available for others. That's us giving back to the community, giving back to the church,” said Geraldine Lee.

The free holiday meal comes with all the trimmings.  "This year we are serving ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, pie, a real Christmas dinner," said Sister Corita.

This year, St. Augustine expects to provide more than 13,000 Christmas meals to the less fortunate and about 7,000 of those meals will be delivered to people at home.

"What my basic need is drivers who deliver food to the homeless, the shut-ins and the elderly and others, I will take anyone who comes in," said  Sister Corita.

Other volunteers will be used to prepare and pack the meals for people at different locations around the Cleveland area.

If you cannot volunteer this holiday, St. Augustine will always appreciate a donation.

If you would like more information on how you can become a volunteer at St. Augustine, CLICK HERE.

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