DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Hundreds of volunteers gave up part of their Christmas Eve to give back.
People from all over metro Atlanta helped prepare food at the DeKalb County Jail Sunday night for the 48th annual Hosea Helps Christmas dinner.
"For these people to give up Christmas Eve with their family and children, these are serious people," said Afemo Omilami, the chief operating officer at Hosea Helps.
The organization expects to feed at least 8000 people this Christmas. Volunteers will deliver about 5,000 meals to people who are home bound. Another 3000 people in need are anticipated to show up at the Georgia World Congress Center Monday.
"For someone that doesn't like to cook, this is overwhelming to me, but the joy of doing it, it's just wonderful," said Joyce Linwood, who has helped prepare food for 12 years now. "It's a wonderful thing to give back."
According to Omilami, about 1500 people volunteer in some capacity to help put on the dinner each year.