1,000 volunteers gather for day of service

For so many, the holidays are a chance to kick back and relax, but that wasn't the case for 1,000 men and women across the region.

The group gathered in Northwest D.C. Christmas Day to participate in the 26th annual D25 Day of Service.

For almost three decades, it's been a Christmas tradition.{ }

Volunteer Lindsay Grimes said, "I just think it's nice. If you don't necessarily celebrate Christmas, it's nice to help someone out who might need something extra."

It's a chance to bring holiday joy to the region. The event is sponsored by the D.C. Jewish Community Center.

Erica Steen, the director of community relations for the center, said, "This day is really about giving back. It's a community day. No question about that."

For the volunteers, the day is about sending 100 holiday cards to the homeless.

Across town at a children's center, Sarah Hiller is about helping a little girl write a story.

"It feels really good. I want to pay it forward, and this is a great opportunity to do that," Hiller said.

For the 1,000 volunteers of all races and religions, Dec. 25 is a chance to make contribution that will last all year.