Several volunteers took time out of their day to make sure many Texomans received a warm and festive meal, allowing hundreds of folks to enjoy a warm place to worship and a Christmas dinner at Faith Refuge and Faith Mission.
For the past several years, two shelters in Wichita Falls, Faith Refuge for women and children and Faith Mission for men, participate in a Christmas Eve candlelight service.
“It’s special and at the same time, we want it to feel kind of normal,” Steve Sparks, CEO of Faith Mission, said.
It included a festive and warm Christmas Turkey dinner.
“We know that a lot of the men and woman and children who are here, this is kind of their family at least while they’re here,” Sparks said. “So we want to kind of make it feel as normal as possible by making it special and so this is what it’s all about.”
Around 75 at Faith Refuge and 100 at Faith Mission were served all by volunteers, hoping to spread a little Christmas joy.
“During this time of the year, a lot of families will come and bring food, either the main course or desserts, and then they’ll stay and help serve,” Sparks said.
Sparks said he believes it’s especially important to pull out all the stops for the homeless around the holidays.
“I had a guy tell me the other day, being homeless is like having the worst day of your life every day,” said Sparks.
Listening to that story pushed Sparks to do something a little extra..
“Christmas Eve and Christmas day, we thought that’s a perfect day to try and make it special and make them feel like they’re part of a family because so many are separate from their families,” he said. “So to me, this is a treat for me to try and make this holiday as special as we can.”
On Christmas, Sparks said all three meals would covered by volunteers, either serving or preparing the meals.