CLEVELAND — There's no more exciting time of the year than the holiday season. And While it's usually pretty hesctic, it's important to make time to give back in our community.

One local church has been doing just that for 46 years. 

On Thanksgiving Day, St. Augustine Hunger Center on Cleveland's west side opened its doors and provided meals for 20,000 people. Volunteers there tell us that this is the only way to kick off the holiday season. 

Anita Rice has been helping serve the community at St. Augustine’s for more than 25 years and says it all started as a lesson for her daughter.

“Everything was a lesson as she grew up and so this was a lesson. When she got old enough to appreciate it, she brings other people back.” Said Rice

The thing is, it takes a village in order to make a difference. And that’s why first-timers are important.

There’s no age limit when it comes to volunteering either.

“It’s really nice to do something that takes you outside of yourself," Rice adds. "You’re not worried about you at the moment, you’re worried about helping other people and that is a nice feeling.”

Organizers stress do not wait until the holidays to volunteer. Do it all year.

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