The Colony Square Mall in Zanesville was packed with people looking for last-minure gift items Friday afternoon.
Shopper Kristyn Heagan was finishing up her Christmas shopping, and says she is looking forward to seeing family on Christmas.
" It's definitely crowded, it was hard to find a parking spot outside, but it's expected, it's Christmastime so everyone is out last minute trying to get some gifts, it hasn't been too bad though." said Heagan.
Those in need were able to have fun and celebrate Christmas Friday.
Christ's Table opened their doors at 11 a.m., serving around five-hundred to six-hundred meals. Volunteer Millie Combs dressed as Raggedy Ann for the children, and says she wanted to give someone else a nice and meaningful Christmas.
"We're furnishing bags for all the children, and he lost his only grandson two years ago, and we thought that would be something we could say was nice for him." explained...
After five weeks of planning, one local church welcomed people in for a warm holiday meal.
Grace United Methodist Church hosted a free community Christmas lunch Sunday where the congregation and locals came together. The meal included all of your traditional holiday food along with 13 turkeys, weighing in at over 80 pounds.
"No one likes a warm meal better than somebody who has been out in the cold all day or somebody who is struggling. Everybody likes a warm meal...
One local church is hosting a Christmas luncheon Sunday, and you're invited!
Grace United Methodist Church is opening their doors ,and welcoming anyone in the community to a free luncheon at noon on Sunday, December 26th. Debbie McLain says she doesn't anyone to go hungry during the holidays, and says the luncheon wouldn't be possible without the supports of the community and her congregation.
"I was handed money for potatoes, I was handed money for...
Today was an extra special Christmas for at least one Zanesville area family.
Baby Darian came into the world around 1:49 PM today weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces at Bethesda Hospital. Father Gary Bell told WHIZ News that he feels pure excitement. And mother Heidi Starks knows exactly why...
"Well, I was jinxed so I kind of expected it. Dad wanted a Christmas baby so it kind of worked in his favor," said Starks.
It's Christmas and the Emergency Department at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital is ready in full force for whatever may come their way.
Registered Nurse Jason Wells says the weather brings patients in who are involved in car accidents caused mostly by snow and slick roads. Shortness of breath due to the weather is also a common occurence. And with relatives and friends in from out of town, there are more people who may need to get checked out.
Locals came together at Christ's Table for a warm holiday meal today.
Christ's Table began in 1986 in response to the need for a warm meals program in Zanesville and Muskingum County. The operation is supported by individuals, businesses, churches, and organizations throughout the community. Kitchen Coordinator Tina Adolph says today's meal lets people know that they are not alone this holiday.
"I think it's very important for the community to have things like...
Christmas is a time of celebration and brings many families together.
WHIZ asked locals what Christmas means to them and here's what they had to say...
"Christmas means the time of year of giving to the needy people and for joy and its a special time of year to get to know your family members and a lot of them you haven't seen in a long time," said Bruce Machem.
"Happiness, joy, peace and spending it with family and friends and church and things like...
Some locals are also finishing up their last minute grocery shopping too.
Shoppers swarmed the Northside's Pick 'N Save this morning as they finished their holiday meal planning. Store Manager Rich Daugherty says Christmas Eve is one of the store's busiest days where people will buy all of their perishable items like milk, bread, and fresh produce.
"We have a pretty loyal base. Most of them shop here on a regular basis two or three times a week, sometimes two or...
The holidays are here but so are the hazards that come along with the season.
According to The American Red Cross, 38 percent of home candle fires start in bedrooms with this holiday season being no expection. While company occupies your home this Christmas weekend, safety issues are always important...candles being a major concern.
"When you are opening presents Christmas Eve or Christmas day, people are throwing wrapping paper around like crazy, the kids get...