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DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- They say there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Well, that certainly wasn't the case at Douglas County's Bankhead Diner this Christmas Eve.

In fact, owner Jennifer Guy gave away hundreds of them, no questions asked.

After 15 years in business, she began her Christmas Eve lunch giveaway four years ago as a way to say thanks to her regular customers and to help those in need.

"Me and my son decided we'd do something for the county; we've been here and they've been with us, so we wanted to give something back," she told 11Alive News on Tuesday.

Hundreds showed up, some drove, some walked, some got free rides for a holiday lunch of turkey, ham and all the Christmas trimmings, for a visit with Santa and, if needed, for some free clothing and toys.

A small army of volunteers said it's often the best part of their Christmas.

"It humbles you for sure," said volunteer Natalie McCannon. "You don't realize how many people just in this area there is that need."

"We don't have a whole lot of money, but we at least volunteer our time and give something back to the community," added volunteer Claudette Moore.

Some of the volunteers also took meals to nearby nursing homes.

Many brought their children and grandchildren to teach them the meaning of helping and the reason for the holiday.

Guy said it's all worthwhile when she sees the smiles of families who otherwise might not have a Christmas celebration.

"To see the people come in with their little children and eat and carry clothes out in boxes, just carry 'em out in boxes, that means a lot," she said.

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