American Red Cross prepares food for Christmas Day meals

The American Red Cross Coastal Chapter is continuing its 25-year tradition by serving free meals on Christmas Day at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach.

Debbie Conner, the co-chair organizer of the annual Christmas dinner says it's a community effort that makes the meals possible.

"We wouldn't be able to have this Christmas dinner without our volunteers and without our sponsors like Bi-Lo. Bi-Lo is where we get all of our turkeys," said Conner.

300 turkeys to be exact, plus beans, stuffing and sweet potatoes, which were all purchased from a local farmer in Aynor.

David Duncan has been volunteering since it started 25 years ago.

"It gives me a reason to get up in the morning and try and help others," said Duncan.

Michael Arakas, who's the owner of Crabby Mike's, a restaurant in Myrtle Beach, closes its doors during the holiday so the staff can lend a helping hand.

"I just feel like its everybody responsibility to give back to their community and there's a lot of needy people out there so this is a good thing to do," said Arakas.

Conner says the dinner will serve 6,000 people in Horry and Georgetown Counties.

"It's not giving up our holiday, it's what makes our holiday. It's really a special time, and I wouldn't trade it for anything," said Conner.

For a full list of places that you can go to get a free meal, click here.