Springs Rescue Mission spread holiday cheer on Monday with those who needed it most.

It served over 1,500 hot meals to the public including homeless people and groups from substance abuse programs. Santa stopped by to spread Christmas cheer. Children took a trip to the toy room where they got to chose a stuffed animal, a toy and three books. The nonprofit has been collecting the toys for this event since November.

Jennifer Adkins attended the day's event with her three children. She and her family have been homeless since April; she and her kids currently live in a shelter. She said the holidays are difficult because her children want gifts but she can't afford them.

Adkins said she was "overjoyed" watching her children gleefully pick out gifts.

Pete Young also attended the event. He used to be homeless and enjoyed spending a meal with old friends.

"A lot of people actually appreciate this meal because at one time they were actually at home with their families enjoying that part of their life," said Young.

He said the event represents the community's attitude toward the homeless.

"One thing I do know about Colorado Springs is you have a lot of love in this city, people need that love because they can't get it anywhere else," said Young.

Bob Hughes with the Springs Rescue Mission said the most important goal for the day was showing homeless people that people care about them.