Baraboo church offers free meal on Christmas

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BARABOO, Wis. (WMTV) -- You may have spent this Christmas with your family and friends but imagine not having a place to go. Many restaurants and stores are closed on this holiday but there is one Baraboo church that is keeping their doors open and everyone is invited.

Inside the First United Methodist Church in Baraboo. The Christmas spirit is alive. For 14 years, the church has opened its doors to anyone looking for a hot meal with all the fixings.

"There is ham, turkey, mash potatoes, stuffing, gravy, corn, green bean casserole, fluff, rolls, desserts and all kinds of stuff,” said Ellington.

From the very beginning, Judy Ellington has helped put this event on. It's now a tradition that has Jim Gongagowski and Cameron Kennedy coming back for more.

"Get out and meet people. We hope to see some people we know and we've seen a couple people here. It would have been lonely. We'd sit at home and eat,” said Jim Gongagowski, attended Christmas dinner.

"We can't stop coming. I think we're all looking for something like that this time of year, being with people we don't necessarily get to see and extend what the spirit of the season is for us,” said Cameron Kennedy, attended Christmas dinner.

Ellington says the doors will be open every Christmas.

"There are numbers of people that don't have families right here,” said Ellington.

But it doesn't matter because when you're here, you're family.

"At the end of the day when I go home I put my feet up and just remember, remember all the people, all the people that helped, all the people that ate, all the people that made this meal what it is each and every year,” said Ellington.

The Christmas meal started with about 50 people and this year they made food for 300 people.