SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Christian Service and New Birth Baptist Church expected to feed Christmas dinner Sunday to more than double the number they normally serve.
For 11 years at Christmastime, New Birth Baptist has been offering a dinner to celebrate the season for those in need in the community.
"Those that are homeless, those that are indigent, anybody that wants to come join us, they're welcome to do so," said Bonnie Moore, the Shreveport church's treasurer.
This is the first year for the dinner to be served in Christian Service's new center at 2346 Levy St. in Shreveport.
"It's tremendous, a blessing for the less fortunate," said Catherine McCoy, who was among those who dined Sunday.
The annual dinner was the idea of church member Christine Raven.
"If it wasn't for the Lord putting the compassion of helping people, I wouldn't be here even to reach out to work in this ministry," she said.
Sandra Henderson helped Raven get the Happy Birthday Jesus Christmas Dinner started and continues to help plan the event every year.
Raven also said multiple people helped make the dinner work this year. They include people and companies who donated food and goods, she said, and Stephanie Blaze, who helped decorate Christian Service.
"This is still a wonderful time of the year to give back and to show our appreciation for what God has given us for our blessings. And we want to share that," Moore said.