Diamond Cline is excited for Christmas Day but also for New Year's Day when she will celebrate her fourth birthday.
The New Year's Day birthday girl was among hundreds of people who enjoyed a holiday meal Monday at the Warren Family Mission.
Cathy Cline of Warren, Diamond's mother, said 12 members of the family came to the meal.
''Everyone in our family came together for a nice meal and time together,'' she said.
Michelle Beauchene, director of development for the mission, said the four-hour meal was served by many area volunteers who also assisted in delivering meals to the homebound and elderly at the Elm Road Hi Rise and Buckeye / Tod Avenue apartments.
Hannah Buzulenzia, a senior at Howland High School, assists Rianna Baker with her father, Roy Baker, in finding a Christmas gift Monday at the Warren Family Mission Christmas dinner. Howland High School students volunteered at the event by handing out toys they collected as part of a sharing tree at the school. Photo by Bob Coupland
Take-home containers were also given to residents to enjoy meals on Wednesday or later in the week.
''We served the Christmas meal and will also be serving a Christmas Day brunch,'' she said of that additional event being held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
In addition to Monday's meal, each child also received one Christmas gift and also had their names entered in a drawing for six bikes this week.
Helping at the dinner were members of the Cortland Moose Lodge, Howland High School and Trumbull Career and Technical Center students.
Gabby Cvengros, a senior at Howland, said there were four students earning community service hours volunteering at the mission and delivering toys that were brought to giving trees at the high school or Howland Public Library.
''This a service learning project as part of our English class. There were giving trees for people to bring items to. We had many donations,'' Cvengros said.
Dominic Mariano, a senior, said the students also held a coat drive bringing in over 200 coats for the mission.
''It was a good learning experience. Both the toy collection and the coat collection were successful,'' said Hannah Buzulenzia, a senior.
''I was surprised how well we did and all the donations,'' said Elias King, a senior, as he passed out toys and coats.
Walter Stoddard of the Cortland Moose said the members try to be at the mission when they can to help at such events.
''We always want to help out. We were here helping at Thanksgiving and came back at Christmas,'' he said as he placed ham on plates.
Johnnie Johnson of Warren said she just enjoys volunteering as she placed gravy on plates of mashed potatoes.
''It's great to give back to the community and help out. I love doing this,'' Johnson said.
Christine Cline, youth pastor at Newton Falls Nazarene Church, and Travis Cox, senior pastor, brought several youth from the church who helped at the dinner with desserts and punch.
The International Peace Light which came from Bethlehem was also available Monday at the mission for anyone who wanted to light a candle. It has been at the local Boy Scout headquarters in Warren for three weeks.