Christmas is a time for holiday cheer and parties and feasts with friends and family for many people across the world. In Sherman, local soup kitchen volunteers hoped to bring a little holiday cheer to those who need it the most during this holiday season.

Christmas is a time for holiday cheer and parties and feasts with friends and family for many people across the world. In Sherman, local soup kitchen volunteers hoped to bring a little holiday cheer to those who need it the most during this holiday season.


It was standing room only at the Grand Central Station Dining Car in Sherman on Monday, as it held its annual Christmas meal service, providing free holiday lunches to the hungry and needy residents of Sherman. The soup kitchen, located at 110 S. Trockmorton, has provided free meals to those in need for three years.


For its Christmas lunch, Grand Central Station served many of the holiday staples: turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and many types of pie, much like its Thanksgiving meal. Grand Central volunteers prepared over 100 lbs. of turkey and over 60 lbs. of ham for the holiday festivities, said Bob Merrill, food director for Grand Central.


Merrill said that they served about 250 guests for Christmas this year, and about 130 during Thanksgiving.


"Thanksgiving is not near as big as Christmas,"said Merrill.


The entire soup kitchen was in full Christmas spirit for the event. The long rows of dining tables were decorated with festive tablecloths decorated with snowmen and Santa Claus.


"We want to make it look real nice," said Merrill.


Volunteers handed out gifts and candy canes to patrons. Santa Claus also handed out gifts donated by the volunteers to the children who came for lunch.


Outside of the food service, Grand Central Station planed to hold a coat drive to provide coats for those who are in need during the winter. This will be the second phase of the coat drive, with the first phase ending in November. During the first phase, one individual donated 80 coats, said Merrill.


During the first phase of the drive, over 150 coats were distributed, and Merrill estimates that about 250 will be distributed in January.


A local business also provided Christmas cards for the soup kitchen, and provided mailing services so that the needy could send holiday wishes to friends and loved ones, said Merrill.


The kitchen is currently well stocked and ready for the holiday season, said Merrill.


"We are in pretty good shape on food merchandise," he said.


The soup kitchen is in constant need of things many people neglect to consider: cups, napkins, plasticware, and laundry detergent, said Merrill. However, Merrill said that he has received more of these items recently.


"We’ve had people call and ask ‘What do you need?’," said Merrill.


"All of this is possible because of the community," said Merrill.


Grand Central Station will be handing out sack lunches on Tuesday, and will be closed on Christmas Day, said Merrill.