A local community kitchen packed for a Christmas dinner

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Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: Jason Thomason

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky—Christmas is days away and families are gathering to spend quality time for the holidays. However, some families in the Local 6 region are not as fortunate and one, warm, Christmas dinner would mean the world to them.

Marcella with Marcella's Kitchen is doing just that, serving more than 40-thousand meals in one year.  Two days until Christmas and Marcella opened her doors early today to provide a warm meal for families in need.  One family said this once a year get together means more to one family than just a meal.

Melissa Joyce comes to Marcella's Kitchen often.

"It's not the gifts, or the meal, it's the Christian atmosphere," said Joyce.

Joyce said it is a place to come for friendship and fellowship.

"I'm here with my sister, she's disabled...We lost our dad two and a half years ago so we've had it rough," said Joyce.

Joyce said Marcella and her kitchen offer not only meals, but hope a little something to get her through the holidays.

Marcella Perkins owns Marcella's Kitchen and said today is her busiest day of the year.

"I can't hardly talk about it without crying...Everybody gets a gift today, everybody gets a bag of groceries to go home with, everybody will get a prize.  Everybody's going to get something special this year," said Marcella.

Something special to make the holiday a little more merrier.

"The families that don't have a meal this gives them a place to come. We've had a lot of people come in and develop friendships at the kitchen," said Marcella.

Serving with love and loving to serve.

Marcella's Kitchen will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Marcella said monetary donations are always welcomed.  If you would like to give a monetary donation, you can drop it off at P.O. Box 272 in Benton, KY.  For more information, click here to visit the kitchen's Facebook page.

First Baptist Church in Benton, KY is offering a free, Christmas dinner for anyone.  It will be on Christmas day from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. First Baptist Church in Benton is located on the corner of Tenth and Main.  For more information, click here.

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