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Charity helps make sure needy experience meaning of Christmas

A Wilmington charity spent yet another Christmas helping those in need. It started with a tray, add some ham, potatoes and a dessert, and it turned into a very happy holiday for everyone. "The people that stay here together and the staff kinda become a second family or the only family that people have," said Good Shepherd Center Director of Administrator Verna Mansfield. "So it's only fair that at Christmas time we celebrate together." It's a unique family, but they do have one thing in common: They're celebrating Christmas. "There are all kinds of stories as to why people are here, and we were just talking in the kitchen," volunteer Diane Withrow said. "It could be any one of us here." The good shepherd center spent hours preparing and serving hot meals for lunch and dinner to those with no where to eat. It started planning this special day more than two months ago. "It's like the phone calls just roll in, and it's just amazing how it all pulls together," Mansfield said. "Everybody gets gifts. Everybody gets fed." And volunteers say its worth the work "We get as much from it, maybe more, than what the guests do," Mansfield said. Those staying at good shepherd also received christmas gifts...And those volunteering said seeing the smiles on people's faces was enough to brighten their day. "Just one smile makes it worth while," Mansfield said. The Good Shepherd Center served more than eighty guests during its Christmas day lunch and dinner. "It makes Christmas Christmas," Withrow center.

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