Volunteers serve thousands of Christmas dinners


by Casey James


Posted on December 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 25 at 6:42 PM

PHOENIX -- Many Valley residents spent their Christmas day making sure thousands of others had a hot dinner.

Volunteers lined up their cars outside the Phoenix Convention Center on Wednesday and packed them with meals to deliver to people around Phoenix.

Rhonda Guth has been delivering Christmas dinners through the Salvation Army for the past five years.

"Many of them can't get out," she said. "You're the only person they see during the day."

While some people had their food delivered, others gathered inside the Phoenix Convention Center, where hot dinners were distributed on a conveyor belt in a festive dining room.

The Salvation Army began preparing for its Christmas Eve food distribution months ago and spent the last four days cooking meals for nearly 8,000 people.

Down the street, St. Vincent de Paul held its annual Christmas dinner, serving nearly 1,000 people.

"Makes me realize how blessed I am," one volunteer said.

Several former NFL football players also showed up to lend a helping hand.