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Salvation Army of Tyler serves Christmas Eve brunch

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Salvation Army of Tyler spent Christmas Eve morning preparing Christmas Eve brunch for those less fortunate.

"It's different this year, we're not doing a Christmas day meal. Instead, we're having a brunch today on Christmas Eve to bring out people who wouldn't have a place to go on Christmas Eve or family to spend it with," said Amber Foster of the Salvation Army of Tyler.

Approximately 200 volunteers gathered at the Salvation Army in Tyler this morning to serve Christmas Eve brunch, including Emily Williams of Noonday, who spent the morning playing Christmas carols on her violin.

"Getting to volunteer here at the Salvation Army is always a great opportunity to get to use my talents for the Lord. And I've come to play here for Christmas and Thanksgiving for about the past three years," Williams said. "It's been a really big blessing to me, and I think it's a blessing to the people that hear my music as well."

The Salvation Army prepared enough food for 700 people.

"We're serving eggs cooked to order, they can have it fried, omelets, scrambled, anyway they want it. We're having hams, someone just brought in a Greenberg turkey, we're having fresh fruit, and we just have a lot of food. We have about 90 dozen eggs, so we're ready," Foster said.

It's a meal -- and a day -- that the Salvation Army and their volunteers consider essential.

"Just being able to offer this meal and a warm place to come and just spend time with other people and show that there's a place to go where people care about them, it's just so important that we're able to offer that," Foster said.

The Salvation Army of Longview will hold Christmas dinner Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Emergency Night Shelter Kitchen at 519 Cotton Street in Longview.

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