DETROIT (AP) — In an effort to combat hunger for local families, Muslim volunteers will serve meals in a soup kitchen on Christmas Eve so Christians can get ready for the holiday.

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development says it’s the second year it has organized a team to relieve Christian volunteers at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Organizers say the effort provides a break for Manna Community Meal volunteers so they can prepare their family’s holiday meals.

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Members of Detroit’s Jewish community plan their 22nd annual Mitzvah Day on Christmas. Nearly 1,000 volunteers are expected to visit about 40 Detroit-area nonprofit organizations, delivering meals and toys, visiting the elderly and other services.

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Mitzvah Day was started to fill staff shortages or allow organizations to reduce staffing on Christmas. The Michigan Muslim Community Council also participates.

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