ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The Capital City Rescue Mission helps provide delicious Easter meals to those in need in the community. Volunteers and staff served everything from ham to mashed potatoes for the mission’s 39th annual Easter dinner.
“We are home for the holidays to many people who would not have a home for the holidays,” said Perry Jones, executive director of the mission.
The event was made possible thanks to donations from the community and the work of many volunteers, who dedicated part of their time on a holiday to help community members.
“We have people who want to give you a hug, say thank you and mean it. They don’t get hugs and smiles every day.”
Many of the volunteers who helped on Sunday have continued to help the mission: “It means a lot to be able to give back what little I can and help put a smile on someone’s face.”
One of those volunteers is Chris Jones, who has been a volunteer for more than 20 years, serving his special mashed potatoes for each holiday, “It feels good. I feel blessed to be able to do that. I feel blessed to be able to give to people who need a little more in life.”
It’s help that continues to make a big impact, especially as Rescue Mission members say the need has grown as people continue to struggle from the pandemic.
“The numbers have gone up a little bit, definitely need to be managed,” the CEO explained.
Those who received an Easter meal on Sunday dined inside the mission or were able to order takeout, with many filling a dining room and lining up outside on Sunday afternoon.
The Sunday event began with an Easter chapel at 11 o’clock, before dinner at noon, followed by coffee.