Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Hundreds of homeless in the City of Columbia went to St. Peter's Church to receive a warm meal and free personal supplies on Christmas.
Dozens of volunteers were working at the church on Wednesday to pack bags with items that included deodorants and other toiletries.
They had enough for 700 homeless citizens, according to organizer Robert Keeder.
"I think it's great that they're doing something on Christmas to make us feel special," said Dawn Prior, a woman who said she has been homeless in Columbia for four years.
"Even though we're homeless, we are special in our own kind of way," she said.
The organizational efforts for the bags began at 9 a.m. Doors at the church opened for the hundreds who waited in line outside the church for a meal opened at 11 a.m
Many of the people in line had waited for hours, with temperatures below 40 degrees by Wednesday afternoon.
"You have to fight for meals on Christmas," Prior said. "You have to fight for what you need, not for what you want."
As each person walked through the door of the church, they were handed a red ticket, redeemable for a bag of toiletries after their meal.
The meal included mashed potatoes, ham, turkey and various pastries such as cupcakes for desert.
"It encompasses what I feel Christmas is all about," said Maurice Callahan, a volunteer working inside the church.
Callahan's job was to hand out trays with paper-plates for people to receive their food as they made their way through a line.
"It makes me feel real good that I can come out here (and) serve my time with the people that are less fortunate than myself," Callahan said.
There was also a small room full of toys for children to receive as Christmas presents. A volunteer working to organize the toys said there were enough toys for about 200 children.
Keeder said any left over items from the bags and toys would be donated to various charities.