Volunteers sacrificed spending their holidays at home to give back, making sure those without a family were not forgotten this Christmas. The Salvation Army and The Haven both worked to make sure those who couldn't spend Christmas with family still had good food and good company.
Dozens of people enjoyed a hot holiday meal at The Haven in downtown Charlottesville. Volunteers also served a Christmas breakfast.
Over at the Salvation Army, volunteers served up more than lunch. One man donating his time was actually giving back to the same charity that helped him get back on his feet.
Robert Battle lived at the Salvation Army for about a year and says the people there offered him the support he needed to stay positive.
"You as an individual, regardless as to what you might be going through, you are important, regardless as to what you feel or what someone else may feel."
Battle says the kitchen is a place where people in need find comfort, support, and hope.
Volunteers at the Salvation Army, including Battle, will be back in the evening to provide another round of comfort, dinner will get underway at 6:30.