Friday, members of a local church kept its tradition of feeding the hungry at Christmas time.

Friday, members of a local church kept its tradition of feeding the hungry at Christmas time.

The pastor and superintendent Henry Hellums of Truth and Love Church of God in Christ, 2006 W. 13th Ave., said they have been feeding 150 to 200 people for Christmas for the past 24 years.

Hellums said people have come to him with tears in their eyes because they were so grateful to eat a Christmas meal. The pastor said he is also praying to make things better.

One of the participants serving meals Friday was Meegan Houston, who has been a member of the church for 27 years. She said she enjoys helping with the Christmas dinners because “you never know how you might bless someone.”

In association with the ICVR Weed and Seed Program, Truth and Love served dinners for several hours Friday.

“As an active church in the community Truth and Love COGIC collaborates with ICVR Respect for Life Thou Shall Not Kill Campaign to reduce homicides and are strong supporters of the Weed and Seed program in their fight against crime,” said the Rev. Jesse C. Turner, program coordinator for Pine Bluff Weed and Seed. “Having served thousands of meals to needy families over the years, Truth and Love COGIC is a shining example of a church changing words into deeds.”

Special correspondent Bo Rogers contributed to this article.