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Matt Talbot serves up some Christmas cheer

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By: Jenn Schanz

Sugar cookies, homemade potato soup and biscuits made for an extra special Christmas morning at Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach.

Dozens lined up for a hot meal, and good company.

"I came here to avoid the empty house syndrome," says Donal Ziegenbein. 

He's been enjoying Christmas at Matt Talbot for four years; his daughters live far away, and he says it's a warm place to be for the holidays.

"The food's great but just being around people is better. When people start sitting down we'll have a good conversation and the people in the back are real friendly and helpful," he says.

Richard Rehm is one of those people. 

He's been working at Matt Talbot for about a year, but this is his first time serving a Christmas meal. For him, giving back is a gift in itself.

"It makes you feel good. You're doing a good thing, you're helping others. You feel better when you walk out than when you walk in," he says.

Staff says they fed around 70 people during the lunch service, enough for many to enjoy seconds. And of course, none of it's possible without the help of volunteers, and donations.

There were plenty of decorated sugar cookies to go around, but many say it's the sense of community that made Christmas morning, extra sweet.

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