Dozens of members of the Salem Lutheran Church on Sunday set aside their newly unwrapped Christmas presents in order to prepare and partake in a holiday meal with the local homeless.
The second annual Christmas feast drew about 200 people, including several families with young children, from local social service agencies such as PATH Achieve Glendale, New Horizons Family Center and Catholic Charities. Also present were residents of Solheim Lutheran Home in Eagle Rock.
"We have a much better turn out this year, and we have a lot more donations," said volunteer Gary Barseghian. "We are really happy."
Volunteers served a full Christmas dinner, including ham, potatoes, green beans and bread, as well as cookies, cake and pumpkin pie.
"I'm about to pop," said one diners as he approached the dessert table. "I've eaten three plates of food."
Guests also worked their way through donated clothing, shoes, books and toys, much of which was gone by the dinner's end.