Volunteers Celebrate Christmas Delivering Mobile Meals

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Knoxville (WVLT) - Many of you spent the Christmas Day unwrapping presents and enjoying meals with your family, but hundreds of volunteers experienced the true season of giving.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford rode along with mobile meals volunteers today.

More than 130 volunteers took part in the 35-year tradition of delivering meals on Christmas Day.

Most of these seniors have no one to share the holiday with and no other way to get a meal.

The Christmas cheer starts here in the Mobile Meals kitchen. It's the holiday bustle of coolers filled with meals and cars to get them in the right place.

"You follow North Bertrand across Magnolia," says Reedie McWilliams.

It's not your traditional Christmas morning for the McWilliams family.

"We started about two years ago and been doing it ever since," David McWilliams.

David and Reedie are driving and delivering meals throughout Knoxville with their two children Tessa and Andrew.

"We want to help other people and my husband and I wanted our children to understand that there are people in the world that aren't as fortunate as they are," says Reedie.

"Helps them out and probably makes them feel joyful that someone's here to have Christmas with them," 14-year-old Andrew's right. Virginia McPherson and her two roommates couldn't be more excited to see the McWilliams family.

"Thank you. Oh, how nice!" says Virginia. "I can't express in words how special it is."

McPherson says they wouldn't be able to eat without Mobile Meals. "We can't do it. I'm on oxygen. He's a diabetic. He's on a walker."

Elizabeth DeBose is in the same boat.

"I can't fix meals on my own," The 87-year-old says today's visit is extra special. "I just wish you a Merry Christmas."

But Reedie McWilliams says this is even more special to her family.

"It makes us feel wonderful. It's just good to be able to come and visit someone, especially when you ask them and they tell you they don't have anybody to spend Christmas with," Reedie says.

"It just gives you a warm feeling after you do it," adds David.

A feeling of love that brings out the warmth of Christmas.

"Christmas is about giving, as well as receiving," says Virginia.

A great message there, all of today's gifts were donated from scout troops, churches, individuals and businesses.

Mobile meals delivers about 830 meals in Knoxville and Knox County throughout the year.