DENVER (CBS4) – Dozens gathered in Five Point at Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center that Christmas Day to distribute 500 meals to those in need. Volunteers included Legislator Iman Jodeh, some Aurora and Denver councilors, local artists, and the Aurora and Denver NAACP presidents.

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“It shows that people have big hearts and are ready to come together,” said Brother Jeff Fard, the event organizer. “This is what the community basically looks like and what better way to show it off than at Christmas.”

The Christmas dinners were both delivered by car and distributed on site. According to Fard, people in need have signed up for food deliveries online and through their community leaders.

“People’s inability to come together has increased the need for it,” said Fard. “It is very difficult to have a good vacation when you have trouble finding something or eating.”

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Regina Edmondson, owner of CME Catering and Events, volunteered to take care of the meals. She said she was shocked to see how quickly the registration forms for the meal filled up.

“Knowing that people are eating today means a lot to me,” Edmondson said.

For many people, however, the event meant so much more than just a hot Christmas meal – it gave some people the opportunity to reconnect after months of isolation.

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“This is really a blessing,” said Mary Anna Thompson, who received one of the Christmas dinners.

She said she was battling breast cancer and the event was just what she needed to feel more of the Christmas cheer.

“It was really great to be out here today,” said Thompson.

Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center serves free meals every weekday from 6pm. There is also a pantry in his facility, open Tuesday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm for anyone who needs canned food. You can find more information about Brother Jeff here.