McKendree United Methodist Church put together an army of volunteers to prepare and serve a special Christmas Eve meal to over 240 homeless Nashvillians.
"We have many, many volunteers, many in the kitchen I've never met before. They read about it, they heard it from friends. We got daycare teachers and their whole families, we got families from out of town that have volunteered," said Hooper.
Unlike on other Tuesdays, the Christmas Eve meal was not a buffet. Church volunteers donned festive attire to serve those who attended.
"We had turkey, dressing, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, and all the fixin's that went with it," said Hooper.
Even the children volunteering understand the importance.
"I think it's really cool because a lot of people they came in and they looked like, really excited to be fed, especially since its really cold outside," said Amber Jones.
Helping the homeless is part of McKendree's mission.
The history of the mission dates back more than 200 years and church members embrace the philosophy that they are saved to serve.
"I wanted to come and help out the homeless because I know they don't have a lot, and sometimes they just don't get to do things like this. They can eat, have a good time and talk to friends and stuff," said Lori Alexander.
"My message is, this is what Christmas is all about. This is Christmas," said Hooper.
McKendree United Methodist Church enjoys a legacy of community and service. During the Civil War, the church was converted into a hospital for wounded soldiers.