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Although organizers did not keep a count on how many were served the morning of Brother Joe’s Christmas for Kids Country Ham Breakfast, Janice Humble of Agape said it was a blessed event.

“This was a good year,” said Mrs. Humble of the breakfast. “Definitely one of our better years.”

Over 6,000 eggs were served, 6,000 biscuits, and 40 hams. There were 1,500 carryout orders delivered by volunteers to businesses and industries.

The breakfast, which is the main annual fundraiser for Brother Joe’s Christmas for Kids, was held Thursday, Nov. 21 between 5:30-11 a.m. Mrs. Humble said most of the traffic for the breakfast came between 7-9 a.m., but people came throughout the morning.

Some of those helping with the breakfast included soldiers of the 7th Battalion 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell. These brave men and women who fight for our freedom, come every year to help cook and serve at the breakfast. Also lending a helpful hand were the Logan County High School JROTC, members of the BETA club from the Russellville School System, employees from the City of Russellville, and many, many members of the community.

Dominoes and Subway donated food to feed the soldiers who came in as early as Wednesday to prepare for the meal.

A silent auction was held the morning of the breakfast and was a great success, said Mrs. Humble. Most of the items auctioned off were donated to the Agape Center over the last year. Approximately $600 was generated from auction.

“The volunteers were all so great,” said Mrs. Humble. “I’ve said this for years, the thing that impresses me most about the breakfast is the community. No one does this for recognition. Everyone just comes together to help others. It’s truly a Jesus outreach. We are all just working together as a community to help.”

According to Agape’s Mike Humble the breakfast raised over $20,000, before expenses.

“Brother Joe’s Christmas for Kids brings all denominations and political sides together for one purpose, to help others,” said Mr. Humble. “People forget about their religious and political affiliations, and to come together to serve those in need in the community. It’s a wonderful blessing.”

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