MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The cost of a complete Christmas dinner is too much for some people in need, so the American Red Cross in Myrtle Beach is making sure everyone gets a taste of the holidays.
Volunteers cooked for the past week to give the gift of a satisfied stomach to about 6,600 people in the area. "Without them, there'd be a lot of people that would be lost," said Joe Cagle, who attended the dinner. "And I'd probably be one of them," he added.
The full Christmas feast included 6,800 lbs of turkey, nearly 200 gallons of gravy and 2,000 lbs each of stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and green beans. Cranberry sauce and desserts rounded out the meal. "I've seen a lot of friends that I haven't seen in a while and the meal is great, of course, but the music and the fellowship is the main thing, That's the important part," Cagle said.
The majority of the meals were served at St. John's Greek Orthodox Church and Risen Christ Lutheran Church in Myrtle Beach as well as Belin United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet.
There were also tables full of clothing, toys and toiletries for people to take. "It's the true meaning of Christmas and if you look around, you can see all of the love that's going into it today," said Nanci Conley, executive director for the American Red Cross Eastern South Carolina Chapter.
More than 1,000 meals were packed up and delivered to people who wouldn't be able to make it to the churches.
"Thank you all so much for doing this and helping these people when they might not have had a meal today, including myself," said Debra Barr, who received meals for herself and others in her neighborhood.