Lynchburg, VA - Christmas is a time for traditions.
For many families, that means gathering around their tree, sharing gifts, and eating a big meal. For others, the Christmas tradition is different. Some in Lynchburg chose to spend their holiday at the Daily Bread.
For 20 years, Jo-Ann Johnson has worked at Lynchburg's Daily Bread.
"It's just been such a blessing just to see all of this go on, and it just gives you a lift, and just makes you feel good" she said.
On Christmas she welcomes a team of more than 20 volunteers, to feed hundreds of hungry mouths.
"It's just good to see them come in and bring their happiness, and Merry Christmas to the Daily Bread and our guests" said Johnson.
Like volunteer Marion Stump, and her family, who's come to Daily Bread on Christmas for four years; making volunteering here, their tradition.
"It gives you a wonderful feeling inside to do it. And that's why we come back each year. It just makes Christmas for us now" said her husband, Phil Stump.
Volunteer Larry Brown has his first Daily Bread Christmas this year.
He volunteers for one simple reason, "You treat people the way you want to be treated. So again, we could easily be sitting in these chairs. Anything happens by chance" he said.
And while those who are eating here, truly benefit; volunteers get an overwhelming gift as well.
"They were able to come and do something for somebody else, that's what Christmas is all about" said Johnson.
The Daily Bread Staff estimates they'll have served nearly two hundred people this Christmas.