CSRA volunteers prepare to feed the needy

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Turkey, turkey and more turkey - It's the 7th year Diane Koehny has prepared meals to feed those in need.

"...just because I want the community to give back because that's what Christmas really is all about. It's about giving back to the community and giving back to those less fortunate," said Koehny as she carves a turkey.

It's a project called Operation Christmas Feast and dozens of volunteers spent their Christmas Eve deep-frying more than 80 turkeys, carving them and transporting them to the Salvation Army. That's where they'll stay until Christmas Morning.

Jack Randolph is a chef at the Salvation Army. He'll be helping serve the meals.

"I love it. Do it each and every day," says Jack, "that's what it's all about...giving back. Giving something back and celebrating the Lord's birthday."

Over 1000 people expected to be in line for some good 'ole Southern-cooked food. Randolph says for some folks this meal will be a lifesaver.

"If it weren't for the Salvation Army, there would be a lot of people hungry on the streets," said Randolph.

Ryan Jones agrees. He's one of 25 people who live at the Salvation Army and he's looking forward to the feast.

"It's going to be a good Christmas," said Jones,"They hand out gifts and stuff like that so it'll definitely feel like Christmas."

And that's music to Koehny's ears.

"Anybody that has a part in this....it changes them. I mean it really does," added Koehny, "I love this community and I love doing this and will do it as long as God's willing."

If you'd like to volunteer or if you need a meal delivered to your home, call (706)432 - 0819. Meals will be served at the Salvation Army of Augusta, located at 1384 Greene Street, from 11am - 4pm on December 25.

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