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      Dozens volunteer to help others on Christmas

      to On Christmas, many take time from their busy schedules to give back to those less fortunate.

      Around Birmingham dozens helped those in need, with a warm meal and a smiling face.

      "We try to put on a full, blown meal for these people and give them a little touch of the life they wouldn't have otherwise," says Denny Bearce, who has been a volunteer a Highlands United Methodist Church for several years.

      He and nearly 40 volunteers served up food to more than 150 men and woman in need.

      Bearce says Christmas is a time to give back. "Just to make it seem like somebody cares about them and is willing to go out of their way to show that this is a special day for them," says Bearce.

      Across town, nearly 80 drivers took 375 hot meals from the Jimmie Hale Mission and delivered them to seniors and shut ins across Birmingham.

      Tony Cooper, director of the Jimmie Hale Mission says the men, women and families who deliver these meals have a greater impact than they may know.

      "What better way to spend Christmas than to give back to those less fortunate," says Cooper. "Our volunteers may be the only person or happy face that they see on the holiday. So we can bless them with a meal and bless them with our presence."Cooper says, the giving of others embodies the true spirit of the holiday. "For God so loved that he gave, it's about giving. He gave us the gift, we're sharing that by giving back. And to me, that's what Christmas is all about," said Cooper.

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