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Volunteers reach out to community Christmas Eve

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some of Santa's helpers made a surprise special delivery to the Albany Rescue Mission Friday afternoon. Volunteers also helped feed the hungry at several churches in town.

10-year-old Lakesha Williams was all smiles as members of the Showstoppers Motorcycle Club showed up with a sleigh full of presents.

Lakesha is staying at the mission with her mother. They worried they wouldn't have much of a Christmas this year.

"I just want to say thank you God and thank you to all these people because if it wasn't for them it wouldn't have been like this, and I am really truly thankful," said her mother Tessie Williams. "We're gonna have an awesome Christmas now."

Williams said she never imagined she'd be in a situation like this, especially at Christmas. She's thankful there are generous people willing to help those facing hard times.

Another church in Albany reaches out to more folks looking for a helping hand this Holiday season.

Metropolitan Baptist Church volunteers served up a hearty meal of chicken, green beans, and rice to people. They also boxed up lunches to give out to more hungry people near Harlem and Roosevelt avenue.

Church volunteers plan to cook for the homeless on a regular basis in the new year.

People packed First Presbyterian Church in downtown Albany for the Second Annual Christmas Eve brunch Mission Change put together. It's local group that focuses on fighting poverty, homelessness and hunger. 

They served neighbors in need. It was also a special time for all the volunteers.

"Today, we had close to 200 people come and volunteer which is insane, but it's so exciting to see so many people come out and support this and we want to just love on the people in the neighborhood," said Mission Change Co-Founder, Ladonna Urick.

Volunteers also packed to-go boxes and delivered them to elderly folks who couldn't make it to the brunch. Mission Change sponsors monthly outreach events.

They encourage all of us to give back to the community throughout the year.

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