Families without homes enjoy restaurant's gift of Christmas dinner

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More than 1,600 homeless and needy families were treated to Christmas dinner at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in downtown Minneapolis.

FOX 9 reports that more than 240 volunteers joined Rock Bottom employees to bring the special Christmas Day meal to the guests.

KSTP reported that a special guest was on hand to personally greet the children. Santa Claus, looking remarkably alert after his long night on the job, had enough energy to offer his lap to the young guests, who each received a gift bag. Each family also received a professional photograph to commemorate the celebration.

The meal is a tradition at restaurants in the national CraftWorks restaurant chain. Since 1996, over 132,000 holiday meals have been served to homeless, displaced, and low-income people at Old Chicago, Rock Bottom, and other CraftWorks locations.

Sponsors who joined in the Minneapolis event include Blood and Fire Ministries, First Student Transportation, University of Minnesota Dining Services, SND Coffee, US Foods, Hormel and Pepsico.

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