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Christmas at the Mission

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The Christmas season is all about giving and many people took their afternoon to do just that.

Volunteers for the Panama City Rescue Mission served up a hot meal to anyone who needed it.

For some, Christmas time is just another struggle.

"My pantry is getting kind of thin," said Randy Fulton.

Homeless or not, everyone was welcome when the rescue mission opened its doors on Christmas Eve.

"You never know when you are serving people, sometimes it only one meal to get their attention, and they say hey these people here.. I can get help here and it can make a big difference in my life," said Thurman Chambers, Executive Director of the Panama City Rescue Mission.

"You go from not having a meal then people like this make it happen.. It's awesome," said Jeff Russell.

About 35 volunteers served up a warm holiday meal, complete with all the sides. 

"I wanted my kids to learn that it's not about the present, a lot of people that have a lot less than even simple necessitate like food," said Mandie Kadel, a volunteer.

The experience means a lot for the people who got to enjoy the meal and it means even more for those who made it happen.

"It breaks my heart and that's why we came.." said Kadel.

The spirit of Christmas is alive.

"Even though we are strangers we're all here together," said Russell.

"It's Christmas.. I'm glad to see it and I wish it could happen like that everyday," said Fulton.