Every year on the Saturday before Easter, the Springfield Rescue Mission feeds hundreds of the homeless and the lonely.
At the rescue mission’s former home on Bliss Street, and now its much larger facility on Mill Street, the dinner is a tradition – not merely for the men on the streets, but neighborhood families brought together by this holiday meal.
Barbara Brizzolari from the Rescue Mission told 22News, “We’re here Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Easter is just one of the holidays in the Christian religion, and we’re just blessed to have people we can feed and spread the word.”
Much of the meal had been donated by supporters of the work of the Rescue Mission, rehabilitating those down on their luck.
Feeding the hundreds who enjoyed this Easter meal, requires quite a few volunteers. Volunteer Amber Haywood said, “I think it’s so important for the community to see there’s people that love them, care about them, and want to be here today.”
There were also gifts for the neighborhood children. The Rescue Mission has always considered this dinner a community event.
This is the holiday dinner these men, women and children would not have had, if not for the Springfield Rescue Mission.