COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - Christmas came early for more than 600 families in Colquitt County.
Volunteers at the Colquitt County Food Bank rolled out grocery carts full of donated food
More than 300 families received a cart-load of food before noon on Thursday, the first out of two distribution days.
But they walked away with so much more than food.
They walked away with hope.
Volunteers spread the holiday spirit one loaded grocery cart at a time.
Hundreds of families lined up, waiting to receive much needed food.
The carts included bread, meat, eggs, and other staples.
Volunteer and participant Gary Pullins said, "It means a whole lot to me. It's a meaningful thing for elderly people and people that are homeless."
Pullins walked away with his Christmas Basket full of food.
Next week, he'll be back to volunteer.
And when it comes to volunteering, Robert Perkins knows just how rewarding it can be.
"I enjoy it," he said. "I enjoy the help I can give the people. And help serve the community."
Perkins has been volunteering at the Colquitt County Food Bank during Christmas for 16 years.
"It's a lot of work and a lot of food," said Perkins.
But for him, and the other selfless volunteers, it's a labor of love.
"I see their faces light up. There are a lot of them that really need what we're doing," said Perkins. "And the community helps the people by giving to the food bank. And we'd appreciate anybody that can to continue to help us out."
Each family was given a notice from the Division of Family and Children Services to stop by the food bank Thursday and Friday.
The Food Bank will be distributing the baskets until 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.