Volunteers Keep Giving on Christmas Eve

Updated: 12/24/2013 5:49 PM
Created: 12/24/2013 4:18 PM KAALtv.com
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- Over the holidays, people often spend time with loved ones, celebrating the holidays. But for some people, the holidays are also about giving back.

Every Tuesday, for the past four years, Pat Kirkham volunteers at Channel One Food Bank.     

"I stock shelves, I work in the cooler putting eggs and things in the cooler, or I do checkout. Whatever they need me to do, I'm willing to do," she says.

Even though its Christmas Eve, this Tuesday is no different.

"I like meeting the clients and being here. I've made friends volunteering here and I would have kind of missed wishing them a merry Christmas," said Pat.

Pat says she does it because she likes helping others, but also because she understands what its like to need help.

"There was a time when I needed to come to the food shelf at channel one. It's scary not having any food in the house, or wondering where your next meal is going to come from."

"Hunger doesn't take a break for the holidays. And we couldn't do what we do here without our volunteers," said Jacob Johnson, with Channel One.

All across Rochester, you can find volunteers; from people delivering food for Meals on Wheels, to bell ringers for the Salvation Army.

"Its our tradition to ring bells, and today is by far our coldest one. But we like to help out," said Sue Alker.

And back at Channel One, Pat's shift may be ending, but her volunteering over the holidays is not.

"I'm going to the Salvation Army on Christmas day, and help serve a meal there for the homeless and the people that don't have anywhere else to go for Christmas."

And she says that is what Christmas is all about.

"We have so many people in Rochester that need the food shelf and have nowhere else to go to get food. They have to come. We have to be here for them, and I want to be here for them."