DENVER (CBS4) — Hundreds of people came together to enjoy a hot meal on Christmas Eve – that they may not otherwise have had this holiday. It was all thanks to the Salvation Army.

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The heartwarming event took place at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver.

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“It’s really nice. They open up their hearts and their wallets to feed the poor, the hungry, the needy,” one man said.

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Smiling faces could be seen at every table, along with plates filled with food.

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“Pumpkin pie… ham… I already ate all that already,” one boy giggled. “It means a lot. I just wish all kids could have this opportunity — and their parents.”

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The Christmas Eve feast was meant to warm the hearts of those in need. This meal is provided by the Salvation Army and Safeway.

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“Sometimes people are just down on their luck and a warm meal goes a long way,” said Todd Broderick, Safeway Denver Division President.

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Donations made by our community help to put this food on the table. And it’s this dinner that shows a little giving goes a long way.

“It’s awesome to see there are people out there that care about people,” one woman said.

Kids also got to meet Santa Claus… and were serenaded by a brass band.

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