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Joy Soup Kitchen volunteers serve community on Christmas Eve

For more than 20 years, the Joy Soup Kitchen has helped serve around 25,000 meals each year. 

Even on Christmas Eve, they're still in a dash to serve those who need a healthy meal for the holidays. 

Each year around the holidays, the staff at the Joy Soup Kitchen use their time preparing delicious meals to those who are still working to get back on their feet. 

In the past week, more than 565 meals have been served. 

Chicken, rice, yams and a host of other special meals were on the menu. 

For many volunteers, it's all about serving the community during the holidays, including Michael R. 

"The thought in your mind is knowing that you're feeding somebody who's hungry and a child who's hungry," said Michael. "It makes you feel even great that we're going to give somebody a meal to eat, that doesn't have a meal."

The Joy Soup Kitchen is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Greenville. It's within walking distance of the community crossroads center, a night-only shelter that provides housing to more than 800 homeless individuals each night. 

This year, the staff made extra meals for those who came by. While the staff won't be working on Christmas Day, they wanted to make sure people at least had a meal on Christmas Eve and one to carry with them. 

The staff will return on Thursday to continue serving those in the community. 

The non-profit serves meals every weekday from 10:30-11:45 and serves seniors on Saturdays. 


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