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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

An operation like feeding the homeless on Christmas takes the strength of a number of volunteers, and at Abraham's Tent in Lake Charles, dozens of volunteers showed up on Wednesday to help give a Christmas meal to those who can't afford it. 

"Every time I come, I've never walked away without seeing the need and seeing the need both for the people that volunteer and the need for the food that goes out to the needy people," said Lake Charles' Ted Authement. 

For the past 20 years, Authement has given up his Christmas morning to serve others.  

"The need is out there for the people, and it's a need that God has given us," Authement said. "It's a job that we need to fulfill, and we would be wrong if we didn't," he added.

Carolyn Lee is another volunteer. Her late uncle frequented Abraham's Tent. Now, she's paying it forward.

"Ms. Pearl has really been a blessing to an uncle that I lost years ago, and he looked forward to coming here everyday, so I thank God that I was able to do it," said Lee. 

From seasoned volunteers to newbies like Sherry Peshoff of Cameron, serving means putting yourself second -when you can- and putting others first. 

"I'm always with family, and I know these people don't have very many family to go to, and just seeing the smiles on their face and making them happy means a lot," said Peshoff.

"I thought it was a great thing to come and serve people and give back to what my parents gave to me," said nine-year-old volunteer, Daijana Woodard. 

"I think Christmas is based on love and family, and it doesn't matter if you're not related to someone. It's just that support from another person," said Rivers Sam, who came from Lafayette to serve. "Giving, just the gift of giving. We all just gave our time and to me there's no value on any of that," he said. 

"I feel Jesus Christ has given us everything we have, and we are giving back to Jesus Christ when we give to others," said Linda Crittenden.

Selfless acts of service that illustrates what Christmas means for so many. 

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