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Volunteers prepping for annual 'Christmas Day at the Citadel Stadium'

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Organizers in Charleston are prepping for another “Christmas Day at the Citadel Stadium.”

Thousands of people are expected at Johnson Hagood Stadium to celebrate on Christmas day. Volunteers from Without Walls Ministry run the event at the Citadel football stadium, part of the ministry’s effort to celebrate Jesus’ birthday and ensure local families have a merry Christmas. They hope to give hundreds of bikes and shoebox gifts to children in need. The event begins at 1 p.m.

Last Christmas day, the event included 700 volunteers who served 2,000 guests.  They distributed 400 bikes, 800 gifts, 2,000 meals, and 3,000 pairs of socks. They also handed out coats, blankets, groceries, and more. In addition to these gifts and services, organizers also hope to provide free medical and dental services.

“Our goal for ‘Christmas Day at the Citadel Stadium’ in 2015 is to not only offer these same gifts but also provide free medical and dental services to guests and allow every child who attends to receive a bike and shoebox gift,” Rev. Gordon Cashwell said. “On Christmas Day in America, with all our prosperity, there should never be a person that’s without a family, without love.”

Cashwell said that the event still needs volunteers and donations.

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