The meal served at the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner will be the only dinner many guests will have, the candy will be their only treat and the toys will be the only gifts they're children will receive.
But most importantly - they'll be spending Christmas in a place filled with love.
“Everybody here is meant to be special. And it’s just the spirit of the community that does that. It’s just wonderful,” said Red Andrews Christmas Dinner Board Chairman Robert Goldman.
That community spirit was why volunteer Cassie Weigle made helping out with the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner a family tradition.
“It’s amazing. You get chills,” Weigle said.
She and her husband were overwhelmed with the instant impact they felt on the first year - something they said their teenage son needed to feel too.
“We try to instill in him that if you see others in need, don’t look away, don’t look at them any differently. Go help. Go give back. Go pay it forward. Go do what you can,” Weigle said.
Before sunrise Christmas morning, thousands of people in need will line up at the Cox Convention Center for their food, and the kids will pick a few things from a table and go home with a coat. There will be live music, arts and crafts, and a chance to meet Santa.
“This is the feel good place in the city on Christmas Day, I can guarantee that,” Goldman said.
It will be a guaranteed holiday experience - touching the families and guests who visit and the volunteers working so hard to make it all happen.
Organizers said the biggest need for volunteers will be on the afternoon of Christmas Day. And you don’t have to sign up, just show up. Dinner will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.