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Christmas meals for those in need

By Mireya Garcia, Telemundo Anchor/NC13 Reporter, Twitter: @Mireya_G, m.garcia@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 25 2012 06:18:56 PM CST
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Southern Colorado. Hundreds of people in need turned up for a warm meal on a cold day, and some holiday cheer.

At Old Chicago it was the miracle on Tejon St., and 400 families enjoyed good music, company, and food.

"It makes me feel really good to see that somebody really does care about those that are less fortunate.  It came at a time when we needed it this year, so we are thankful," said Tony Johnson.

For Kristen Sugden and her children, the coming new year holds promise, but today they were thankful for the help.

"We were homeless for six months. We got a home through housing and it has helped us so much. We finally get to put a tree up," said Sugden.

A few streets over, at the Salvation Army, thousands of individuals and families were feed on Christmas day. The giving spirit was alive in unexpected ways.

"I actually became homeless sometime in the latter part of this year. Being at the homeless shelter, I have been wanting to do something for a long time. I wanted to volunteer at a soup line, so I did that on Thanksgiving day, so today I wanted to do it as well," said Kenneth Brown.

Volunteers at both locations came from all over Southern Colorado including Calhan and Alamosa.

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