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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - It's a mouthwatering way to spread the love on Christmas Day.
Christmas elves filled Big Momma's Soul Food Kitchen on West Broadway to whip up a free meal for anyone who wanted to stop by the restaurant.
It's the restaurant owner's way of giving back to the community. Just a sampling of what's on the menu: stuffed chicken, fried chicken, turkey legs, mac and cheese, yams, and green beans.
"A lot of people without families and without Christmas meals and things like that so she [the owner] give back every year," Will Green, who volunteered to help out, said. "She has been doing it a while and it's beautiful. So, when I heard about it, I just came in and wanted to help."
Bishop Dennis Lyons of Gospel Missionary Church also took part in the event. He says it's days like this that prove there's more to West Louisville than crime. "There's so much violence and negative act ivies in our community, so when there's a sprinkle of good will and good cheer it's very important that we gather around these types of events. It's important to have news stations come to our neighborhood when there is not yellow police tape up but, instead, cheer. We want to share this joy that is a very important event for the black community."
Big Momma's was packed and expected to serve up to 400 people a free meal.