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"God has given me a lot of things and i'm grateful and i'm thankful for this," said Terrida Atwater.

Something a lot of us take for granted.  Today's a day some of us spend at home with family and friends--celebrating the holidays and enjoying family time.  As you were doing that, a line formed at Father Conroys Vineyard of Hope of people hoping to get a Christmas lunch.

"It's important on the holidays because its when quite a few places are shut down," Sister Ludmilla Benda of Father Conroy's Vineyard of Hope.  "There's really not many places for these people to get something to eat."

But, eight years ago that changed and the doors of this building have been open feeding the less fortunate every Christmas since.  The meal includes a full course turkey dinner with stuffing, and all the trimmings and it was all made possible through donations. 

"It's a blessing and it's good to be able to serve them," said Sister Ludmilla. "They are very appreciative. They are very grateful for what they're getting."

"This is a blessing where I can come and get a good hot meal," said Rosie Holmes. 

"It feels great. The woman that's doing this has got a wonderful heart. She does this every year for everybody," said Rose Brooks.

"I am very thankful," said Atwater. 

While feeding the homeless on Christmas is a tradition Sister Ludmilla says she plans to continue, she says  it's about more than just feeding the homeless on Christmas day, it's about showing them that someone cares. 

"They don't have much, but they have feelings. And we have to keep that in mind," said Sister Ludmilla Benda.