Salvation Army cooks prepare over 150 meals for homeless this Christmas

Salvation Army cooks prepare over 150 meals for homeless this Christmas
(Maranda Whittington)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A small crew is spending Christmas making a big meal for those who need one.

Cooks and volunteers were up cooking since six this morning—preparing lunch and dinner for the homeless who stay in the Salvation Army’s Merkle Center of Hope.

“We come in and get the food prepped and everything, and we serve lunch and we serve dinner for those that live in the shelter," said Tracey Taylor.

People will enjoy two hot meals this Christmas.

“I get a chance to get in the kitchen," said Lead Cook, Michael Johnson. "I don’t call it cooking I call it creating. I get a chance to get in here and really create and knock it out of the ball park.”

That along with giving back is a big reason Michael Johnson enjoys spending his Christmas cooking meals.

“It’s nothing more pleasant and loving to give to the public to our residents and everything," he said. "I love to see the smile on their face.”

But for this kitchen staff, doing the work of the Lord is the best gift they love to give.

“It’s just helping people, doing the service of God, and this is what we’re suppose to do," Taylor said. "Be servants for him to serve those that are in need.”

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