Every year, untold numbers of people pass up a cozy Christmas morning around the tree and opt instead to serve their fellow man. Christmas 2017 was no exception.
Here are just a few examples.
Church Under the Bridge in Oklahoma City took to the streets, giving out food and clothing (you guessed it) under a bridge.
“All classes. We just hug each other, love on each other. We’re family here no matter where you’ve come from,” church founder Randy Ransom told Oklahoma News 4.
— KFOR (@kfor) December 26, 2017
Churchgoers in Goshen, Indiana, also lent a helping hand by providing a Christmas lunch and presents for the 19th year in a row, according to WSBT. Volunteers prepared over 250 pounds of turkey and over 150 pounds of ham for attendees.
“It’s a joy to see the smile on their faces and see how happy they are and this is such a small thing to do for a couple hours once a year,” Joanne Graber told the local ABC affiliate.
"We decide well let's do a Christmas meal for the homeless, for the shut ins, for people that were empty nesters or people that just needed some good fellowship and company."
A Goshen church offered a free Christmas meal, reports @Jessi_Dianne — https://t.co/UmqpqirKWM
— WSBT (@WSBT) December 26, 2017
In Cleveland, volunteers at Saint Augustine Church fed thousands in need Sunday, according to News 5 Cleveland.
“It’s beautiful,” Johnny Hardin, who used to be homeless himself, told the outlet. “It’s a blessing, it’s a very good blessing just to have a meal.”
Thousands feed a hot meal on Christmas thanks to the staff and volunteers at St. Augustine Church in Cleveland. https://t.co/ETU8T3yvri
— News 5 Cleveland (@WEWS) December 25, 2017
Some spend their holidays serving others directly in harm’s way. Thousands of firefighters in southern California spent their holiday battling the Thomas wildfire, the largest in the state’s history. While most of the blaze is contained, crews are still on the ground.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 26, 2017
Though some did get to take a moment to visit with the big man in red:
Santa is at #ThomasFire base camp thanking firefighters for their hard work this #Christmas, he knows a little about working during the holidays. He will join us again tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/FfI9uOvcvK
— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) December 24, 2017
And don’t forget our men and women in blue. Some kids in Valdosta, Ga., woke up to a much merrier Christmas thanks to the efforts of local police, who spent their holiday weekend handing out gifts.
Valdosta Police, Santa surprise kids with Christmas giftshttps://t.co/82JpLBRhSD
— WCTV Eyewitness News (@WCTV) December 26, 2017
At Christmas, we’re reminded that some of the best moments of our lives are spent in service to our fellow man. The best part of that revelation is that it never has to stop on December 26; in fact, it shouldn’t. If you’re still looking for ways to lend a helping hand, there are more than enough out there.