Altoona, Wis (WEAU)-- On a cold December day all it takes is some helping hands and a lot of heart to spread a little Christmas cheer!
“It's just rewarding, you know you're doing it for someone who can't do it for themselves,” said Judy Schwock.
This Christmas a group of more than 100 volunteers with AT&T Pioneers rolled up their sleeves to prepare, cook and deliver Christmas meals to 150 people who aren't able to leave their homes for holidays.
“It brings joy, it’s nice to see the smiles on their face and to chat with them. A lot of times you are the only person they have seen that day,” said Kaycee Bridges.
Kaycee and Nancy Bridges have helped deliver the meals to those in need for 23 years now, since Kaycee was just three.
“It’s kind of become family tradition to do it every year,” said Kaycee.
“And we do the same route every year so a lot of times they are here ready to eat and they really enjoy it,” added Nancy.
Avery Smith and his wife say they enjoy the company just as much as the sweet treats they deliver.
"They are wonderful people," Avery said.
Along with the turkey dinner the volunteers also put together goody bags and a plate of cookies to deliver.
The meal serves as extra meal for people who get Meals on Wheels delivered. Meals on Wheels serves people age 60 and up who have a disability or can’t cook for themselves.
AT&T has been delivering Christmas meals to people in Altoona, Eau Claire and Fall Creek for 33 years. The group is made up of retired phone company volunteers, their families and friends.