Salt Lake City Mission provides Christmas for those in need

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Christmas season is always one filled with volunteering, and this Christmas was no exception in downtown Salt Lake City.

Anna Koop and her family, along with close to 300 other volunteers, spent the the day at the Salt Lake City Mission wrapping presents and preparing meals.

"I knew I would probably feel good about it and I was really excited about it," she said.

The volunteers worked in shifts, and by the time it was all over they had served roughly 2,000 hot ham and turkey meals to those in need.

Salt Lake City Mission provides Christmas for those in need

This is the 18th year the Salt Lake City mission has provided food, clothing and personal care items to those in need on Christmas Day.

"Most people in Salt Lake Valley are really good about helping. We have a tremendous donor base and the people that help us because this is not just something we do on Christmas. We do this 365 days a year," said Brad Jaques, the development assistant for the mission.

Nearly everything given out was either donated from businesses or members of the community.

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