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Dishing up some holiday spirit at Le Mars, Iowa hospital

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LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV)  Christmas is all about spending time with family and friends.  But, what do you do if you don't have any family member in town and all your friends are on vacation?

For more than 15 years, the Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, Iowa has been inviting people to grab a plate, pull up a seat and enjoy a hot Christmas meal.

It was first started to bring people together who would otherwise be alone on Christmas.

"Very enjoyable that people can come out and socialize with different people if they don't have a place to go, and be with other people," said Le Mars resident Judy Klave.

If it wasn't for the the Le Mars hospital, Klave said she would be spending the day alone.  That goes for her senior companion as well.

"She's a special lady" said Carolyn Clark, a member of the Senior Companion program. "Instead of her being by herself and me being by myself, we decided to do this together and just have a good time today."

"Her family isn't going to have Christmas until Sunday, and my family had it last night," said Klave. "So we decided to come out today and have Christmas with everybody."

One volunteer said it's her first time helping out those in the community on Christmas.

"It really feels wonderful," said volunteer Sharlene Rachal. "I'm so blessed. And yes, my family is together today, but I told them I was volunteering and they're really happy about it."

Volunteers helped prepare more than 80 pounds of turkey.  Along with that, nearly 400 slices of pie were served to the more than 200 people who came to celebrate Christmas.

"I had green beans, casserole, dressing, potatoes, ham and some pumpkin pie, and it was delicious," said Clark.

"I had it all," said Klave. "It was delicious."


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