N. Ky. volunteers hand out Christmas meal, gifts

Posted at 9:34 AM, Dec 25, 2015

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Thousands in need of a holiday meal are expected to flock to Covington on Christmas morning.

More than 400 volunteers spent the morning preparing meals for the needy at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

The event is nearly three decades old and organizers expect to feed 2,000 families.

Mental Health America has organized the event for the past 28 years.

"I think it's important because honestly it's to lift up spirits for those that really can't afford a lot,” volunteer Jenifer Phillips said.

Members of Cincinnati’s Jewish community will also be on hand to present toys to children. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand to spend time with the kids.

Volunteers are handing out winter clothes and personal care items to families as well.

The event started at 9 a.m. and Santa will be available at 10 a.m.

A few other churches and organizations are helping the need on Christmas as well.

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Madisonville will host a free dinner at noon.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Beechmont Avenue in Anderson Township will host a meal at 1 p.m.