Christmas can be celebrated different ways for many religions. For the Jewish community at Temple Beth-El, they spent the day volunteering.
"We like to be able to give back to our community, and this year we are delivering meals to first responders, fire stations and police stations around San Antonio," member service coordinator Geri Gregory said.
"It's our way of giving back and saying thank you for all they do all year for all of us," volunteer Mindy Silverweiss said.
The temple spent the past few days preparing meals for the first responders. On Christmas Day, volunteers dropped off the meals.
Fire Station 7 was welcomed with warm smiling faces and a homemade lunch. Bryan Lucio says that working on Christmas Day can be tough when you spend time away from family, but his coworkers have become family.
"You know these guys are like my second family, you know. We're really like brothers, so it's like being with your family," Lucio said.
As much as first responders do at any hour of the day, they're also grateful for the community, especially on days when the community gives back.
"We really do appreciate it,” Lucio said. “I don't want it to go unnoticed or unappreciated. Every single company and every single person, it means a lot to us and it definitely helps us.”
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