Hundreds of hungry people packed the VFW in Lincoln Park Sunday afternoon to enjoy a warm Christmas dinner and the company of the others on this holiday.
Volunteers say this tradition is something special they're able to bring to the community.
"It started when one guy at the VFW here had one turkey that he roasted for some folks and it just keeps growing from there," says Kendall Linn, Head Chef, and Event Coordinator.
The annual Christmas Eve Dinner brought hundreds of people together this holiday to enjoy a special feast.
Linn says, "we're just having a wonderful time. We've cooked up seventy turkeys, 500 pounds of potatoes, 150 pounds of sweet potatoes. We have rolls, pumpkin pie.
The VFW in West Duluth has been hosting this tradition for nearly 30 years and the volunteers say they are just as happy to be there as the guests.
Long-time volunteer, Jennifer Townsend says, "I've always liked to give and this is like the best part about my Christmas right now."
The feast is held to give those in the community a place to feel welcome and spread some holiday cheer.
"It's a dinner open for anybody that wants to just have some fun, feel a little lonely, or just come enjoy a little camaraderie," says Linn.
Nearly 100 Volunteers helped meal prep and serve the food. Event organizers say they serve nearly 400 people each year.
Townsend says, "Have you seen all these wonderful people? It's just amazing, it's awesome."
Along with food, those who attend also receive a donated gift of hats, mittens, or scarfs.
Linn says, "Duluth is such a wonderful community and it feels wonderful to give back to the community."
Everything provided at the event was donated.
Event organizers say they are always looking for donations for their next dinner.