Room at the Inn extends hours, provides meals for Christmas Day

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Christmas is a time for people to spend with their families and friends, but not everyone is so fortunate. For those who may not have a place to go, the Room at the Inn opens its doors every day of the year.

Monday, Room at the Inn in downtown Marquette had extended hours until 6 p.m. for the holiday. In addition to the normal breakfast and lunch offered, volunteers cooked a Christmas meal of ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and vegetables, so that guests and community members could share in good food, fellowship and a warm place to stay.

"I do the holidays, just to give back, give back to the community. I was in the shelter myself at one point for a couple months and it's just a way to give back and help my fellow man. And I just like interacting with them because I was in their place at one point," says John Healey, a volunteer at Room at the Inn.

Room at the Inn typically serves between 20 and 50 guests per meal each day. A majority of the food and supplies are donated by generous community members and organizations.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to Room at the Inn, you can visit their website at www.roomattheinn.org.