SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As they approach their traditional Easter dinner, the folks at the Springfield Rescue Mission are finding themselves short on one important holiday staple: desserts.
The Mission is holding their Easter Celebration on Saturday, where they expect to feed more than 500 people, between their breakfast at 7:00 A.M. and their dinner at 4:00 P.M. They have an abundance of hams and other food items, though they wouldn’t mind the donation of a few kielbasa.
The items that they really need, however, are pies and other desserts. The Mission sent out an appeal for desserts last year and the year before, and people have come through for them. They are hoping this year won’t be any different.
You can drop-off your donations at the Mission, located at 19 Bliss Street in Springfield from 8:00 A.M. through 6:00 P.M.
Meanwhile, the Rescue Mission has received a lot of help from the public through their 12th annual Operation Hope Tote campaign. Churches, schools, and businesses filled numerous tote bags with simple necessities such as soap and toothpaste; items that so many of us take for granted, but can mean so much to the homeless. A Hope Tote bag is among the first things homeless people receive from the organization. Rescue Mission resident Danny Renta told 22News that his hope tote was extremely meaningful.
“Sometimes when we get in here we’re not feeling very well. It’s just like a gift and It’s a blessing; the Springfield Rescue Mission cares,” Renta said.