Festive Feast

By Richard Mineards   |   December 27, 2018
Rescue Mission Christmas servers are Alfonso Borunda, Loren Bird, John Gutierrez, Brendan Richardson, and Andre Fisher (photo by Priscilla)

The festive spirit was palpable when the Rescue Mission hosted its annual Christmas Feast, an event I have volunteered at for a decade.

The 300 guests were welcomed in the chapel, which is serving as a temporary dining room during multi-million dollar renovations, with plates heaped high by kitchen manager Wesley Jones and his colleagues with heavenly hams, and more than 100 pounds of mash potatoes.

“It’s important people feel cared for during the holidays,” says mission president Rolf Geyling, whose annual budget is $2.5 million, helping more than 2,000 people annually. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, the mission will have served 10,000 meals to those in need.

Afterward, diners were able to pick up presents in the outside courtyard including shoes, underwear, and toiletries.

Rescue Mission volunteers Scott Bigler, Kurt Holm, Paul Portney, Maria Caudillo, Susan Cass, and Chris Portney (photo by Priscilla)
Alice Birch (top right) with the Sunukjian family: Jason and Heather with daughters Lily and Maya (photo by Priscilla)
Martha Fisher, Barry Goss, Scott Wilson, and Cheryl Barbaria giving out jeans (photo by Priscilla)
Kristi Brawnell, Anita Balboa, Helena Economoff, Dianne Davis, and Rebecca Weber at the Rescue Mission (photo by Priscilla)
Wilson and Max Geyling entertaining the dinner guests (photo by Priscilla)

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