Being alone for the holidays can be one of the hardest things a person experiences.
But with a little work and a lot of heart, a group of volunteers is making the holiday brighter for thousands.
St. Augustine Church will help feed 13,000 people on Christmas Day.
newsnet5.com was there on Christmas Eve as volunteers prepared Christmas meals.
It's a 40-year tradition for St. Augustine to feed the needy on Christmas day. But they're really doing that every day.
St. Augustine feeds the needy three times a day, five days a week, and twice each day on Saturdays and Sundays. The church also provides assistance for rent and utilities for those in need.
But Christmas is one of their biggest days. Sister Corita Ambro is in charge and she says they try to feed the spirit as well as the stomach.
"So we try to serve everybody all year long," she said. "People know that if they haven't got a place to go, they can come here to get a meal."
Breakfast began at 6:30 a.m. Friday. Many of the meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.