The lights will be shining just a little bit brighter in thousands of local homes this Christmas Day thanks to volunteers and supporters of Good Samaritan Ministries.

The interdenominational ministry’s food bank closed the books Wednesday afternoon on its busiest Christmas ever, serving approximately 1,200 families during the month of December.

Angelia Bostick, executive director, said the food bank at 305 Clark had served 1,152 families by the end of the day Tuesday, and Wednesday was the last day the facility will be open this month. An exact count for Wednesday was not immediately available, but volunteers were busy.

Good Samaritan officials said earlier that Christmas week had not been quite as hectic as it had been earlier in December, but it was nevertheless steady. Families registered with the ministry are allowed one visit each month.

The food bank, clothing store and other services will open again Monday, Jan. 4.