By Wyatt Goolsby
MIDLAND - Across the Permian Basin on Thursday, volunteers took time out of their Christmas Day to make the holiday brighter for those who needed a little extra cheer.
While many were off to church, unwrapping presents, or catching a movie, one group of volunteers at the Salvation Army in Midland put all that on hold to serve up free meals.
"There is turkey, there's ham, [and] it looks really good," Volunteer Jeff Deanda said. "They had some dressing, mashed potatoes, don't forget the gravy. Pretty much everything."
Volunteers like Deanda woke up bright and early Thursday to make sure plates were full of food for people who have no where else to go on Christmas.
"It's good to show my son that it's good to give," Deanda explained. "And I just take all the time, and he's seeing that. Granted, he's opening presents right now, but he knows where I am, and he knows that's its a sacrifice."
A sacrifice not just for Deanda, but for all the volunteers giving up their time to serve others.
"They're nice," Volunteer Brooke Makowski added. "Just because they need to come to the Salvation Army to eat doesn't mean they are not personable and need some companionship. Maybe just to hang out. It's Christmas, they shouldn't be alone."
Volunteers said giving their time is a way to help the community.
"We are called to do that as Christians," Makowski said. "As Christians, we are called to serve our community and others. We're all sisters and brothers in Christ, so we should help one another every opportunity we get. That's why I'm here. God has called me to help and serve and that's why I'm here. Anywhere I can do it."
The Salvation Army in both Midland and Odessa is always looking for volunteers who can help in any capacity. If you'd like to help out, the Midland Salvation Army can be reached at 432-683-3614. In Odessa, you can call 432-362-1866.