City Mission Distributes Thousands of Meals

December 26, 2011 Updated Dec 26, 2011 at 1:21 PM EDT

December 26, 2011 Updated Dec 26, 2011 at 1:21 PM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW) Christmas time is known as the season of giving, and on Christmas Day, Western New Yorkers took that message to heart, and gave back.

It was all hands on deck at the Buffalo City Mission, as volunteers cooked, packed, and distributed thousands of meals for the less fortunate of the community.

"To be able to provide a meal to somebody on a day like Thanksgiving or Christmas is such a blessing. I can't even imagine someone going Christmas morning or afternoon without having a nice meal," Stuart Harper, Executive Director of the City Mission said Sunday.

"Even though it's just a meal, that may mean the world to someone. That little factor could mean that someone really cares," volunteer Dominic Bailey said.

The decorated paper bags were packed with a hot christmas meal, loaded into cars, and delivered. Hundreds of families benefit each year by receiving a meal, but the hundreds of volunteers who donate their time, also get something in return.

"It just makes me feel good as a person and makes me feel good about living in this community," Bailey said.

"It really makes me feel grateful for what I have, and to give to someone else, the less fortunate, is a really good thing especially on Christmas day," volunteer Christopher Budden added.

In the actions of community members and volunteers, those at the City Mission said that Sunday once again proved that Buffalo and Western New York will come through for one another, especially at a time like Christmas.

"We are a community of good neighbors and this is just another example of what a great community Buffalo and Western New York is," Harper said,

"I've often said that Buffalo has the greatest people in the world and I think it shows a lot about the heart of Buffalo that everyone is willing to give part of their Christmas day to come here, to help strangers, that they can have a wonderful day as well," volunteer Karen Forester added.