Christmas cheer filled the air at Bean’s Café and volunteer Caroline Compton was dressed to match, with gold garland looped around her green sweater.

“Would you like some juice?” she asked, pouring Styrofoam cups of cranberry juice.

It’s a first for her family, spending Christmas Day giving out meals at the homeless shelter.

“Everyone is happy, it's Christmas. They get hot meal, a place to stay. It's festive and we get to meet a lot of nice people you may not get to meet in another way,” Compton said.

Her daughter, Stephanie, works for AmeriCorps and has been volunteering at Bean’s Café. Over the past two months, she’s seen how little gestures, like a holiday meal, can make difference.

“There's a lot of stigma about homeless people in Anchorage,” Stephanie Compton said. “Bean's Cafe serves clients without discrimination. We feed anyone and everyone.”

The shelter will feed more than 500 people on Christmas Day. Clients are grateful people like the Comptons who chose to spend their holiday helping others.

“Oh it's wonderful,” said Anna Licoln. “What they got they give to you a little. It's a blessing.”

Stephanie said Christmas has always been a big holiday for her family so she’s happy her parents are volunteering right beside her.

“It's fun to see them around and working hard. They really taught me how to give back and share my privilege so it's awesome to have them here leading by example,” Stephanie said.

Together the volunteers are making sure everyone has a Merry Christmas no matter their circumstances in life.

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