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Thousands of hungry clients and numerous volunteers filled St. Augustine’s Hunger Center in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood on Christmas day.

Sister Corita Ambro, director of the center, said a steady stream of people enjoyed a free Christmas meal starting with morning breakfast. The center switched to lunch/supper service at about 11 a.m.

“I couldn’t even count the people who came through,” said Ambro. “It’s been joyous, it’s been wonderful and full of peace and love.”

The St. Augustine Hunger Center has served the near west side community for 35 years. In addition to meals, the center provides such items as clothing, furniture, appliances and emergency funds to the poor and homeless.

Many of St. Augustine’s services are made possible by donations and volunteers. Dozens of volunteers swarmed the kitchen and eating area on Christmas, serving the meals restaurant-style to patrons.

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