Tuesday, December 25 2012, 11:39 PM CST
Local non-profit gives free Christmas dinner
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore.-Rogue Valley Charity Events hosted Feed the Valley and served free dinners at Kids Unlimited, Tuesday afternoon, for hundreds of people from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cassie Corbitt-Hunt, an attendee, was very satisfied with her meal.
"It was really good. It was very very good actually. I was impressed," said Corbitt-Hunt.
This is the charity's seventh year hosting Feed the Valley.
The first year, only 15 people were fed.
This Christmas, in just the first hour, one hundred people cleaned their plates.
The non-profit expects hundreds to show up based off previous years when approximately 700 hundred people attended.
Families can also get toys, blankets, warm clothes and even pets are fed.
"The meal is open for everybody every year, doesn't matter if you're a millionaire, doesn't matter if you have nothing. If you want to come down and enjoy the time with your community, just come on down," says Rogue Valley Charity Events President, Travis Sprague.
Sprague knows, first hand, what some of these people are going through.
"I was homeless for about three years and so when I finally got back to where I could actually help, we decided to do something like this," says Sprague.
He says, every year, he enjoys the looks on the faces of those the non-profit helps.
"It's basically the looks on these kids' faces when you get to tell them, hey go grab a present, anything you want, just go grab it. You get these families that get warm clothes and blankets, so it's the same every year. It's just the look on their face. It just makes it all worth it," says Sprague.