At this time of year, many organizations offer a meal or toys to those in need.
But St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Wheeling Island offers something a little different.
The church gives people the chance to celebrate Christmas on Christmas!
“We’re all blessed in different ways. Being able to share that an being able to be a blessing to other people is a wonderful thing,” said Rick Daugherty, head of the kitchen.
For 26 years, St. Luke’s has served a free dinner for the hungry, the lonely and the entire community.
Officials said it’s all made possible through donations and volunteers.
The menu this year includes turkey and stuffing, ham, sweet potato casserole, pierogies, green beans, desserts and more.
But after everything’s said and done, it’s not just about the food.
“Every year, you just realize how lucky and how privileged you are. It’s great to be able to give back to the people that aren’t. We really get to show them what Christmas is about. We always forget because of presents and Santa, but really it’s Jesus’ birthday. So we’re giving back and blessing everyone in his name,” said Josie Daugherty, volunteer.
Each year, doors to St. Luke’s open at 10 a.m. Christmas morning for coffee and doughnuts.
Santa Claus even makes an appearance in the afternoon to hand out presents to kids.
This year, organizers told 7News they received many food donations thanks to community members and Jebbia’s.
In fact, St. Luke’s had so many donations that they were able to give the leftovers to the Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, an organization born out of St. Luke’s years ago.
On Wednesday, even more donations will be dropped off to Catholic Charities.