Volunteers and members of St. Mary’s church will be serving their weekly meals for the soup kitchen but with a holiday feel as they serve a special Christmas dinner.

The dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s located at 912 West Cherry Ave.

The soup kitchen runs totally on donations and Printpak has graciously has donated nine turkeys and four hams. In addition, employees from Orange Savings bank have donated canned vegetables and baked goods. Plus, three workers from the bank generously give up their lunch hours to help serve the food and assist with clean up.

This year the menu will include turkey, ham, corn bread dressing made from scratch, candied sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie or cake and dinner rolls.

According to Glenda and Johnny Lucia, who have been running the soup kitchen for about four years, they are expecting to serve about 150 people. Over the last few years, the number of people who come to the soup kitchen has increased. St. Mary’s has had a soup kitchen for more than 25 years. Planning for the meals usually begins on Tuesday as they look at what donations they have to prepare.

In addition to the meal served, guests are welcome to browse through donated clothes. The clothing is donated from Sister ACTS (Adoration Community Theology Service). All of the women in the group have attended a retreat and are members of St. Henry’s Church in Bridge City.

Typically the leftovers are frozen so they can be used again. However, this week the leftovers will be given to First Christian Church located at 611 N. 9th Street to be used on Christmas day. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members of the church encourage people to accept the invitation to come eat and join them for this special time of celebrating the birth of our Lord.

Glenda Lucia and a volunteer of the soup kitchen work on preparing the Christmas dinner which will be served on Wednesday at the St, Mary’s Church soup kitchen.