"I had nobody for the Christmas holiday, so I decided to come here," said George Smith, a 46-year resident of Naperville. Smith was one of more than 200 people who took part in the Christmas luncheon for seniors, held Wednesday by the Naperville Park District and the YMCA at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.
This was the 30th Christmas lunch and all the usual fare was piled high -- roasted turkey with all the trimmings. Musical entertainment was also provided, as well as Christmas bingo. Santa was his usual jolly self, posing for photos and chatting up the guests.
"This is a special time for sharing and bringing people in to have a blessed time," Santa said. Fifteen volunteers worked the lunch -- serving food, helping people into their seats and accommodating special requests.
Peggy Frank of Naperville was one of those volunteers. She loves the experience of helping others on Christmas Day.
"It was just wonderful and satisfying," said Frank.
When it was all said and done, new friends were made, fun was had by all, and no belly was left empty.