NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Dozens of volunteers gave up their Christmas mornings to help serve a one-of-kind meal to at-risk youth at Covenant House.
Ted Holmberg has been a part of the yearly meal for decades, joining his mother as a child to volunteer.
"As far back as I can remember, part of my Christmas experience was always to come over here and serve this Christmas lunch it ends up being the highlight of the day," Holmberg said.
Covenant House serves more than 160 residents, all teens and young adults who don't have a place to call home.
"A lot of kids that are homeless, deprived, they have issues in their lives and we decided to give back, to treat them like they're in a restaurant, something they would never be able to experience," Cynthia Foots, an organizer at Covenant House, said.
The volunteers take orders from the residents and deliver the food as they enjoy the morning.
"It's a blessing you know, it's a blessing, I thank God for it, and it's a blessing," Dontrell Stewart, a resident at Covenant house, said.
For some, the morning is the closest they'll get to experience a family holiday gathering, but the volunteers do all they can to ensure the residents feel the Christmas cheer.
"We want them. We want any and everyone who does not have a family and does not have someone to care for them. We're here to care, we're here to provide any and everything that a family should be giving to an individual," Foots said.
The group also gave residents Christmas presents and gift cards to increase the holiday spirit.