First United Methodist Church gives away hundreds of meals to Coast residents in need Christmas Eve
While most things are closed on Christmas Eve, members of First United Methodist Church were hard at work serving the community with hot meals and non-perishable food items.
First United Methodist Church started their Christmas food giveaway 11 years ago, when the church noticed many local centers were not open on Christmas Eve to serve those in need.
Amanda Wood, Missions Community Chair at First United Methodist, says “So we are planning to delivery and serve 500 takeout meals to local community, we have 200 meals out to the feed my sheep area and also to some nursing home staff and residency staff, so we are really excited about that.”
Christmas spirit is in the air, Long Beach resident Cody Coats not only grabbed hot meals for his family, but grabbed a few for his neighbors as well.
“We are here to get some food for our family and some neighbors of ours upstairs they could not come with us because we had no room, so we thought we would bring them some food to tell them Merry Christmas,” Coats says.
Due to COVID-19 the church had to take safety precautions, limiting the amount of people who could help volunteer and serve this year.
Amanda Wood, Missions Community Chair at First United Methodist, says, “We kept the same group of people throughout, usually we have anywhere to 40 to 50 people and this year we are kinda of down to about ten or twelve.”
Despite the challenges, the community pulled together resources for hot meals and bags full of groceries to continue this Christmas Eve tradition.
“Everyone is so understanding and still trying to do whatever they can for this cause we have been doing it for so long. “I’m so thankful for the community letting us feed you every year”