More than 300 men, women and children sat down Thursday to a free Christmas dinner provided by Lexington Rescue Mission.
The mission, a Christian nonprofit that ministers to the poor and homeless through a variety of services, including free meals, clothing and medical care, has been providing the holiday meal since 2003.
"We do this so people who need a place to go for Christmas can come and celebrate with us and have a hot and nutritious meal that's home-cooked," said Laura Carr, development director for the mission.
In addition to a free meal — ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls and lots of desserts — guests received gift bags filled with hygiene products, socks, hats, scarves, candy, fruit and other items provided by businesses and individual donors.
The dinner, held at Broadway Christian Church, 187 North Broadway, wouldn't have been a success without the help of the 100 volunteers who served and cooked food, and the donations, Carr said.
"We're thankful for the generosity of the community that makes it possible," she said.