MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Many of the Red Cross volunteers at this year's Christmas Dinner say they don't consider it a sacrifice being here away from their families, and that the spirit of giving is what the holidays are all about. Ken Murray lives in Canada but has been traveling to Myrtle Beach for years and volunteering for the Red Cross Christmas Dinner.
He's just one of hundreds who take time away from their families to give back those in need. Several of the volunteers have been helping to organize the event for several years, but there were also some new faces. "This is our family for Christmas. We've met some awesome people and it's great. It's a rewarding thing to do." said Murray.
Over 7000 meals were served over the past few days to families, as well as clothes and gifts for the children, all donated by people in the community. I spoke with one man who says he's been attending the Christmas dinner for the last several years, and he and his family have since overcome some huge obstacles. Now he says he returns every year to pay tribute to the people who helped him through those rough times. "Me and my wife were homeless when we first started coming here.