Volunteers to provide meals to responders working Christmas

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Volunteers in Mississippi are providing meals for firefighters, police officers and other first responders who work on Christmas.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that the community effort in Starkville is called Almost Like Home.

It started six years ago, when local resident Lisa McReynolds was talking to one of her daughters after a fire in their neighborhood. She explained that firefighters essentially live at the fire station while they are on duty, even on holidays.

For the first year, volunteers provided meals to firefighters. Since then, the program has expanded to officers with Starkville Police Department, Mississippi State University Police Department, the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department, E-911 operators and OCH Regional Medical Center responders.

More than 300 people are now helping provide and distribute the meals.