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Big Momma may have served up her final Christmas dinner

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A holiday tradition is coming to an end. Thursday's Christmas Day marked the last year Big Momma's Soul Food Kitchen is serving up a holiday dinner for hundreds of people on West Broadway. 

We first told you the story in November. An hour before Big Momma's Soul Kitchen even opened, there was a line to get in.


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"I know, you know, people's out here struggling," Erik Brown said. 

As he and others waited, Big Momma -- Sheryl Fox -- and her volunteers got ready.

"You see this happening today?" Volunteer Julia Lewis asked. "No one is getting paid for this. This is something that everybody's giving from the heart."


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Big Momma's daughter knew how hard this day would be for her mom. 


"It's kind of like saddening," Sheryl Fox said. "We won't be like together like this anymore."


Donations have been low, making Thursday's event the last Christmas they'll provide 1,000 meals for for nothing more than a smile. 


"Even though this may be the last one, we still wanna go out with a bang," Fox joked.

After a prayer, the doors opened and the Christmas party began. The place quickly filled up and so did the plates. Big Momma was in the kitchen, moving faster than anyone else. It took some convincing for her to agree to an interview.

"Don't make me cry," she said. "Take that camera off me." She's shy and humble about warming so many people's hearts.

"I feel great," she said. "This is my blessing, giving back to the community. I love doing it."

Big Momma was checking on the volunteers when Santa came to check on her. Back outside, the line of people kept growing.


"I see the smiles on the kids' faces, and it's just amazing what they, what we can do as a community when we come together," one patron said. 


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