Bounty of Bethlehem set for those who will be alone Christmas Day

Santa and his helpers donated 65 turkeys to help feed those who come out for the Bounty of Bethlehem on Christmas Day at Immaculata Catholic School. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Someone dropped off turkeys at Immaculata Catholic School today, but it wasn't just any old someone.

Preparations are underway for an annual Henderson County Christmas tradition.

Santa and his helpers donated 65 turkeys to help feed those who come out for the Bounty of Bethlehem.

This outreach is for anyone who faces being alone on Christmas Day. They can go to Immaculata Catholic School to have a free homemade Christmas meal with others.

Santa says he has contributed to the cause for the past five years.

"I think it's very important for Henderson County, for all the people that really need something, that don't have families to be with them. They can come here and eat and be with a big family," he said.

Santa says he contributes to the cause not only to help, but to uphold a friend's legacy, too.

"I had a young gentleman that was with me a couple years ago. His name was Paul. He wanted to help. And I said OK, I'll buy 40 turkeys, and he said I'll pay for 20. He came in together with me, and for that one year he paid. He died the next year."

Santa says he is continuing to donate Paul's portion and has other friends who chipped in this year for a total of 65 turkeys.

Organizers say they are preparing to serve 2,000 people and still need more turkeys and hams.

Those items, as well as toys, are being collected at the school starting tomorrow.

If you are interested in attending the Bounty of Bethlehem, just stop by the school from 12:30-5 p.m. Christmas Day for the free meal.

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