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The Christmas Tradition of Volunteering

Thursday, December 25, 2008

REPORTER: Not everyone was rushing to open their presents first thing this morning.

Volunteers at the Soho nonprofit Gods Love We Deliver started cooking at 4 am. Now another crew is helping to distribute more than 2,000 meals to people with serious illnesses in the New York City area.

Iris Marden is one of the 440 volunteers on hand. She doesn't celebrate Christmas, but says it's a good time to give back.

MARDEN: I think it's been a very terrible year. It's important to remind yourself that you're still better off than most everybody and you need to give and not get.

REPORTER: The hand-delivered meals include corn chowder, cornish game hen and ginger bread cake.

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