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More than 2000 served during annual Christmas Dinner in Covington

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Gordon Graham) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Gordon Graham)

There was plenty of Christmas cheer in Covington Friday during the annual Christmas dinner hosted by Mental Health America.

The Christmas dinner, now in its 28th year, was held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center where hundreds of families got more than just a free meal.  

“It's just genuine. It seems nice. I like it,” said Jermaine Raven of Park Hills, Ky.

Raven and his family were among the more than 2,000 people enjoying the Christmas dinner which is part of an annual event which Raven says provides some much need help to so many. 

“I didn't have to fix the meal so that helped out, you know, I didn't have to do that and the kids like coming here and getting their picture with Santa Claus,” said Liz Villafuarte from Cynthiana, Ky. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus were showed up posing with families. There were volunteers dressed as Christmas trees and volunteers dressed as clowns. More than 400 volunteers.

“We've been given so much in our lives and we just want to give back and it's a very humbling experience,” said volunteer Don Carter.  
The Christmas dinner, presents, blankets and boxes of food from donors and the work of organizer Tom Stanken. 

“I get the personal satisfaction of helping people. This ain't about me. It's about the good Lord provides all the gifts here, all the food here and everything that I get,” said Stanken. 

Stanken said donors have been so generous, in fact, that there's plenty left over which goes to other charities.

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