St. Vincent de Paul of North Central Montana gave about 500 families Christmas meals on Saturday at the University of Providence as part of its Christmas Assistance Giveaway event.
Around 14,000 pounds of food was donated to the event including ham, turkey, boxes of stuffing, canned vegetables, and rolls among other holiday items.
According to St. Vincent de Paul board member Don Miller, most of the food was collected and donated by local churches.
"We supplement with other donations too," he said. "We also received money from United Way and Town Pump."
Great Falls resident Christina Bucio said she is grateful for the Christmas basket.
"It helps me out, not just fills my cupboards up, but it brings food in our house," she said. "It's really hard this time of year especially when you're on limited income to be able to bring food in."
Rebecca Davis and her husband moved to Great Falls in June and she said she was amazed by the community's generosity.
"It means a blessing to my family," Davis said. "It's wonderful. I'm so happy to be here and that the city of Great Falls has welcomed my husband and I with open arms."
Toys For Tots was also on hand to give around 600 children gifts with the meal baskets.
St. Vincent de Paul is still accepting donations for the holiday season. To donate, visit the thrift store located at 426 Central Avenue West.
For more information, call (406) 761-0111 or visit the website.