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Salvation Army hosts Christmas lunch in Abilene

By Dora Miller, Reporter, dmiller@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 25 2013 08:36:56 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 25 2013 10:42:33 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

For more than 100 years, the Salvation Army has been in Abilene, feeding the hungry and giving shelter to the homeless.

More than 40 people spent the day volunteering at the Salvation Army's Social Services Center to serve Christmas lunch to those in need.

Jennifer Johnson, one recipient of the free lunch, told us that she frequents the Salvation Army for lunch, but today decided to bring her nieces and nephews  to enjoy a family meal.

"I've been through a lot. I've been out there on the streets at a point in time where I didn't have no shelter or no food or not even a cup of water or anything so with that, I look back at that," Johnson said.

Johnson said she remembers the time when she didn't know when her next meal would come, and even though it's Christmas, she said not everyone has the same luxuries.

"There's people that don't have nobody," Johnson said. "There's people who can't sit at home and you know, do marshmallows and a fireplace or you know, everybody in blankets drinking hot cocoa and there's not a lot of people that are fortunate enough to do that and when you do have, it can be the smallest of the small, but it's a blessing."

Like others, Johnson also said she'd like to give back to the Salvation Army, who continues to support her even now.

People like Danny Hogue, use Christmas day to help out  the people he once sat next to. Now, he volunteers because he remembers what it was like to be in the same situation.

"We worked hard to get where we are now, but hard work does pay off," Hogue said. "Everybody gets down sometimes, but the Salvation Army does wonderful things helping people and we just wanted to lend a helping hand ourselves."

Hogue said that the people he now serves need exactly what he needed 35 years ago.

"Everybody has basically the same need…they just need food and love, so we try to give everybody we can, what we can," Hogue said.