(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) "I know what it's like to be in need, I know what it's like to not have the things you need. I hardly got anything to eat," said Kevin Smith.
Kevin Smith, 13, can't imagine spending his Christmas any other way than by helping others.
Smith was one of dozens who showed at Golden Corral to collect items for it's first Annual Coat Drive.
"I really like to help people who have been in this situation," added Smith.
Restaurant employees came up with the idea after many of its own workers needed help.
General manager Chris Jones says his workers were his inspirtation to give.
"I think that's what it's about, sometimes we lose touch with Christmas and gifts. It's not about how much money we spend and I really think it's about touching people and helping people," says Jones
In just one week the restaurant collected $500 in food donations and more than 100 coats.
They say it's a tradition they'll continue for years to come and it's brought them closer.
"I think it's phenomenal, and I think that just goes to show you honestly what kind of team we have here at Golden Corral. We all pull together and if any one of us were in need or in trouble, I know that anyone of us would help the other. That's the kind of people we have here at Golden Corral," said Christina Cromer.
A Christmas tradition that benefits others.
"It's not just about you, your family, and everyone you know; it's about everyone, you can do anything to help others, " added Smith.