WASHINGTON - On Christmas Day, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception once again, served Christmas Dinner to those who are alone or in need.
Thousands of Catholics pour into the Basilica for noon mass on Christmas Day.
People stood in the aisles because every pew was filled.
At the same time, just below the magnificent National Shrine of, the church started serving a Christmas meal for the needy or lonely.
After mass, Cardinal Wuerl came downstairs to greet them and give blessings.
After the morning crew left, 200 more volunteers started to get ready for the midday meal.
They served the food at tables, sang carols, cleared tables and washed the dishes.
One anonymous donor pays for the turkeys.
The basilica pays for feeding the thousands each Christmas through its general funds.
As they leave, each person is given a special 2015 Christmas ornament with the baby jesus in the manger.