Christmas Eve lunch hosted by Union Gospel Mission

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) –  The Union Gospel Mission had Christmas Eve lunch for 300 people on the front lawn of the Bessie Smith Hall at noon Monday.

A lot of volunteers were on hand to help serve the lunch, drinks and desserts to anyone who came through the line.

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They fed and clothe those in need through this partnership with Bessie Smith at least three times a year, for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

John Rector says, “Today we’re doing our annual Community Christmas Dinner, we’ve got a traditional Christmas dinner, ham and turkey and corn and green beans and potatoes, desserts, tea, uh, all kinds of stuff, that’s our meal for the day, and so we’re waiting on folks to start coming through and just get a meal and take it with them you know, it’s a free meal for anybody that wants to come. But along with that we’re also handing out clothes for the winter, hats, gloves, uh, socks, hygiene kits, uh the whole thing, anybody in need can come down here and just walk through and get what they can use.”

The Union Gospel Mission is a full-time year round service program designed to help people get back on their feet.

They are in need of some help themselves this year–they need hats, coats, blankets, and personal hygiene items.

They’re located at 124 Signal Hills drive. You can help them online at www.theuniongospelmission.org.