Christmas Eve day 3-5,000 volunteers will converge on the George R Brown Convention Center and scurry to prepare the food and festivities for 28,000 Houstonians.

They have their hands full City Wide Club project director Stephanie Lewis tells KTRH News.  “They’ll be doing everything from working in the kitchen, to serving the turkey and the dressing, preparing food baskets, sorting clothing, distributing toys, bussing tables, sweeping, mopping.”

This annual Houston tradition had humble beginnings.  Speaking of when the Christmas Eve Big Feast first began 35 years ago, Lewis says, “We were just trying to make sure that people had food for the holidays.  It grew and blossomed into much, much more.

This year the doors open at 10am and food will be served until 3pm.

In addition to the luscious and nutritious turkey with all the trimmings, there are baskets of food available, clothing, blankets, flu shots, medical examinations, information on employment, and educational opportunities.

Lewis says the need for a warm meal each Christmas Eve day never diminishes, and each year the need increases.  2013 will be no different.

The halls of the convention center will be filled with sound of children’s laughter as adults partake of the spirit of giving that is the true meaning of Christmas.