Christmas cheer brought to hundreds at Salvation Army

- Christmas cheer was brought to many in need around the Houston-area thanks to Salvation Army.  

Christmas morning and through the afternoon families enjoyed a hearty Christmas meal at the Harbor Light Center in North Houston.  The shelter says over the years they've seen more families who are having trouble making ends meet.  Christmas Day they fed more than 1,000 people just at this center alone.

"Today is Jesus' birthday and it's all about love and all about giving. And when I look out and I see all these volunteers giving their time to see them put smiles on all these gentlemen and ladies that's my day," Salvation Army Supervisor John Kruel said.

People had the chance to taste plates filled with turkey, stuffing, potatoes and then pie for dessert.

FOX 26's Ashley Johnson spoke with two military veterans enjoying Salvation Army's Christmas feast.  They shared their personal experience of what brought them to the center and what Christmas means to them.

Food, fun and fellowship.  The men in the room each with hardships but they haven't lost their Christmas spirit.

"Very good people are out here volunteering, and just the true spirit of Christmas. The giving not just the receiving. That's very good," Donald Bowman said.

Bowman served in the Navy and is a part of a veteran program at Salvation Army, helping him get back on his feet.  Sitting across from him was Lindsay O'Neal, another military veteran.

"I'd do it in a heartbeat. If you know some kind of way I can get back, I would go right now," O'Neal said.

Six months ago, O'Neal hit a road bump.  Even with a job his struggle continues.

"I'm going on hard times but I'm trying to get my life in order and this is a great start here," O'Neal said.

Yet, O'Neal keeps on smiling.

"I try not to let bad situations get me all the way down.  You use more energy frowning than you do smiling," O'Neal said.

Two men who have given their all for this country, Christmas they're the ones receiving the gift of giving.

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