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Knights of Columbus Serve Christmas Cheer in Grand Island

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For thousands of central Nebraskans, no day is complete without a trip to the senior center for food and fellowship. Those centers close for Christmas, so others fill the void.

More than just turkey and all the trimmings, the Grand Island Knights of Columbus serve up a slice of holiday cheer.

"Good people and good food," Ed Axman explained, as he sat down to a meal with his wife.

For 26 years, volunteers like Bert Matousek have been keeping people fed on Christmas Eve.  

He said, "We get a lot of the elderly that just don't have anybody close to them, so they get a meal."

That includes folks like the Axmans of Ravenna, who wouldn't have a traditional Christmas meal otherwise.

Ed said, "It ain't worth it for two people, here we can visit with other people, it just works out good."

It's become a tradition of service for families like the Jareckes and Webb.

Luke Jarecke said, "We just like to give back to people who are less fortunate."

And with senior centers closed, the Knights of Columbus delivered hundreds of meals -- 70 alone to Wood River.  

Leighton Webb explained his job, "Filling trays, getting food put in them."

"So we can take them out to houses," Luke Jarecke explained.

For Bert Matousek, this is his final year as delivery coordinator.  

"I'll still help," he added with a smile.

He plans to be back, sharing the day with others.  

He said, "You feel good about it. If you didn't, you wouldn't do it."

Anyone in search of a meal and family activities is invited to Saint Pauls Lutheran in Grand Island on Christmas day.

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