Volunteers sacrificing time to feed 5,000 for Christmas

Gene Nahley's joy is contagious, and his laugh is hard to miss in the kitchen of the Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach.

He's spreading his joy this Christmas by volunteering to help feed more than 5,000 people.

"I think it's good for the spirit and I had the time. Not a lot of money but I have a lot of time," said the volunteer, Nahley.

In just four days the American Red Cross expects to put on four Christmas dinners, and as you can imagine, that's a lot of Christmas turkeys.

For the feast to happen this Sunday, it takes one week, dozens of volunteers, and a truckload of food donated from Bi-Lo and other charities.

"The amounts of food to me are almost staggering," said Lee Zulanch. He ordered the more than ten tons of food being prepared.

"We ended up purchasing 300 20-22 pound turkeys which weigh a little over three tons. So we have 6,000 pounds of turkey to get through the ovens...stuffing around 1,300, green beans at about 900, and yams at about 1,200 pounds."

Don't forget the marshmallows either, lots and lots of marshmallows. "There will be over 200 pounds to go on the yam dressing," said Zulanch.

But until every cut, stir and crumble is made, the volunteers like Nahley will continue to give up their time to give back.

"I sure hope they enjoy it as much as we have," said Nahley. "I'm sure there is a lot of needy folks out here, we know that. So this is a good idea."

If you'd like to attend one of the dinners, just click here for times and locations.