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BA Church Delivers Christmas Meals

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Broken Arrow, OK -

This isn't like most kitchens on Christmas morning.

While the food may look familiar, the quantity is probably much different. Close to 300 meals are being served at Indian Springs Baptist Church In Broken Arrow. A well oiled machine 11 years in the making.

"We really want more than just a meal we want to bless people that maybe don't know Christ that it's a seed that's planted that begins the knowing and that actually sees Christians serving so that's what our hope is," says Miles Taylor.

They started small...serving people who came for meals at church, word quickly spread.

"And then we heard about it at the senior citizens center," says Barbara Shepherd.

"It's good food fun and fellowship and all that," says her husband Roy..

Meals are assembled along with a few gifts and transported to sites across Broken Arrow including the police department, low income housing units and senior citizen centers. The smell wafts the halls as the meals begin arriving for residents with anticipation and expectancy.

"It's a blessing more than anything but I enjoy seeing the people more than anything, they're always so sweet and precious. And especially the children it lights up the faces of the residents I just love watching 'em," says Jane Richards. She's getting one of the meals today.

The children... and the that's the thing. Turns out they're one of the unexpected benefits in all of this.

"We've got our oldest granddaughter last year she's 13 now and she mentioned to us that this was her favorite part of Christmas," says Taylor.

Among the girls delivering is Taylor's granddaughter...Rylee.

"Well it's just so much fun because I get to make everybody happy I get to give to people and when I give it to people it makes them happy," says Rylee.

"Wow that's an impact that we had no idea would come out of all of this was that the children would see that serving was what they enjoyed the most out of Christmas rather than receiving it was giving so that's been the biggest blessing I think," Taylor adds.

"They could be out playing with their toys but they choose to come out and fellowship with us, I just love it." says Richards.

And the blessings just keep coming, like for Alice Johnson.

"This is the first Christmas morning in my life that I've ever been alone Christmas morning and this is just amazing."

"The people in this city, the people in this area are so wonderful and so giving and God is so good, God is so Good and I thank you very much for everything," says Johnson.

Plans are already being made for next year. More food, volunteers, and people who'd like to have a Christmas meal.

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