Social service groups looking for volunteers, donations for Christmas meals

Organizations such as Springfield Rescue Mission expected to serve close to a thousand meals.

SPRNGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Social service agencies in western Massachusetts will continue their tradition of serving Christmas dinner to hundreds of homeless men and women. Kate’s Kitchen in Holyoke expects to serve more than 100 people at its Hamilton Street facility.

Food manager Jasmine Lugo told 22News that in the past, Kate’s Kitchen has been short of volunteers serving Christmas dinner. “We mostly need help to pass out the lunch to the public,” she explained. “It’s not just one plate kind of thing. It’s a process.”

On Christmas Day, Open Pantry Community Services in Springfield will serve hundreds at the High School of Commerce cafeteria and deliver hundreds more to shut ins. The Open Pantry’s Matt Castleman says they can always use more sponsors to offset the cost of providing Christmas dinner.

The Springfield Rescue Mission plans to serve or deliver nearly a thousand Christmas meals next Thursday, December 22nd. “We need hams,” Julie Barnes told 22News. “We have two hams right now and we want to provide a nice ham dinner. We need hams, we need butter, we need milk and we need cream.”

As these agencies prepare to serve and deliver their meaningful holiday meals, remember that they can use some help doing their good work, as they continue Christmas traditions that go back many, many years.