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Montana Rescue Mission serves Christmas dinner to more than 500

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A Billings shelter showed there is always extra room at the dinner table on Christmas Day.

The Montana Rescue Mission expected to feed about 300 people for Christmas dinner, but between the deliveries and sit-down meals, the MRM fed more than 500 people.

But there was plenty to go around,  because the Billings community flooded the MRM with donations after the organization asked for help this past week.

“You should have seen how many hams came in after we did that,” said MRM Spokeswoman Denise Smith. “They were just flowing in for a solid two hours.”

While many good boys and girls opened new toys on Christmas morning, others unwrapped smiles on the faces of strangers.

"I like that I get to do something good and I'm not spending my time playing video games or watching TV,” said Andrew, 10.

Andrew served Christmas Dinner, alongside his family and friends.

Others, like volunteer Ron Sperry, don't have family, so they find love at the MRM year after year.

"I have no family here anymore, they've all gone,” said Sperry. “And so I says ‘I've got to have a family,’ so I come down here and make this my family."

Shelter resident Kenny Rose is homeless for the holidays, but that doesn't mean he is alone

"For not having a family I still feel like I'm a part of a family so I don't feel alone this Christmas,” said Rose. “So it's a great feeling."

Rose said he is blessed this Christmas to have a warm place to sleep, food to eat, and a sense of community.

In some way, shape or form, that’s why everyone visits the MRM for Christmas dinner.

"I enjoy doing it, I feel like I'm doing something good for the community and people and I enjoy doing it," said Sperry.

"To get our here and be close to people,” said Rose. “To have the Christmas spirit around you."

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