Thousands Enjoy Salvation Army Christmas Dinner

A Milwaukee tradition, that thousands of families take part in every single year. 

"I think it's outstanding for people who don't have place to go on Christmas and to celebrate Christmas, if they're lonely, to make things better for them," said dinner guest Linda Gorka. 

For the 27th year.. the salvation army brought a sense of family, serving warm meals at the Wisconsin Center. 

It's a first for Linda Gorka and her family. 

"With all the problems with the city with the crime. I think that this is a place to get together bring the spirit on and a positive look for Milwaukee," said Gorka. 

Lines formed early and volunteers were ready to serve.

Some guests had no other way to afford a holiday meal, while others came for the sense of community. 

"It means that there's somebody out there that cares about you in the community and they care. We enjoy every year of it," said dinner guest Duran Means. 

The dinner holds a special place for volunteers too.

"I've been serving here for going on 18 years. I do it every year because these guys are my family. This is my family," said volunteer Michael Tabor. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus helped spread holiday cheer.

As people cleared off their plates, they remember, the true reason for the season. 

"It's a wonderful place to go. And I'd recommend it every year to anybody," said Gorka.  

Dozens of sponsors helped the Salvation Army make the event possible. 

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