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Families get Christmas food and supplies

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Tashya Dickson and Michael Maycheck's holiday didn't start off the way they had planned.

"We have been through some hard issues in the past couple of weeks," said Tashya.

With a loved one in the hospital the family has struggled financially and didn't know what they would do for Christmas.

So, they went to East Baptist Church in Gastonia.

"I think it's real nice that someone else in the community will do that for us and all of the families that really need it," said Tashya.

Michael, Tashya and her two children are among 2400 families and individuals who received meals Christmas morning from East Baptist Church.

"We decided many years ago by looking at the need of the community that it was time for us to start doing something as a church," said Chairman of Deacons at East Baptist Church, Jeff Bryson.

For 12 years now the church has been feeding the less fortunate.

Every Christmas morning, Bryson and his staff gets up early to prepare stacks of breakfast and lunch plates.

Care packages including groceries, toys, and clothing are also assembled by the youngest of volunteers.

"We come every year," said Ava Rose.

The 10 year-old sees it as an opportunity to give back.

"I rather be giving out gifts," said Ava.

Coming together as a community, is what matters most to everyone involved in the program.

They say it reminds them of the real meaning of Christmas.

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