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Volunteers lend a hand to serve a merry Christmas dinner

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MT. VERNON, IN (WFIE) -

It was a very Merry Christmas in Mt. Vernon as a big Christmas meal was served at the Cross Mission inside the Old Hedges Elementary building. 

A free Christmas meal was served until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night, for anyone in need. A number of folks stood line and filled their plates with homemade dumplings and rolls. 

This is all thanks to some very generous people.

The pastor at Cross Mission was unable to keep the doors open on Tuesday, so this group of people stepped up to the plate. An employee of Bella Staffing, a temporary staffing company in Evansville, rallied some coworkers and family members to prepare Tuesday night's meal.

They've been overwhelmed with the outpouring of community support and donations this holiday season. 

"There are so many people in this area that have donated for the kids here. That's what it's all about. You know, the kids and just being together at Christmas," said Tami Poshard, a Bella Staffing volunteer. "I was here decorating the tree and there were so many of those little kids coming up asking, 'Can I help you?'"

The volunteers expected anywhere between 80 and 200 people to show up for the Christmas meal.

Even Santa Claus made an appearance to pass out donated toys to the kids.

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