POSTED: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 5:32pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 5:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Hundreds of people came together at Saint Vincent de Paul to join in a Christmas feast and many of the people in need would not normally have a hot meal. But Tuesday they got not only a meal, but a Christmas gift as well.
And people who rely on Saint Vincent de Paul say they're grateful for all the agency and its volunteers do for them each and every day.
"I feel that when you give another person the time of day and respect that goes really long in their lives especially if they have very little," said Kate Fredric, a SVDP volunteer. Kate decided this year she needed to give a little more, so she got the whole family to give up a few hours on Christmas Day to give back.
"At first I didn't think they were going to be for it but the closer we got the more accepting and on board everyone was," noted Fredric. After only a few minutes they saw how many people in their own community really need their help and not just a hand out. "Some people just need a hand up," said Kate’s mother Melissa.
And Kate knows that it’s not just volunteering time, it’s much more. "I think we should show each person each human dignity and make sure that person realizes they are worth something and this is just one way to go about doing that."
And some of these volunteers, like Bobby Cheeley have seen what its like to need the help. "It’s always important to give back because I’m so fortunate for myself I remember growing up I didn't have everything I needed so, I made a promise to myself that if I was ever in the position to give back to the community that I would do that so its very important to me."
It’s a community gathered on Christmas day to do what they can to make someone else’s holiday a little more joyous.
St. Vincent de Paul  serves meals everyday for those in need.