22News helps prepare meals as part of our “Day of Caring”

The "Day of Caring" is done as an observation of the company's anniversary

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News is one of 171 Nexstar stations stepping from in front of the camera and right into the community.

22News stepped from in front of camera and right into the community.

As we rolled up our sleeves Wednesday, to help prepare a meal for 200 of Springfield’s hungry and homeless.

Volunteer Miriam Mateom of Springfield told 22News, “Giving a helping hand to someone else, even advice, even a hug. That person needs it without saying a word and it gives them a little inspiration.”

Our “Day of Caring” is in observance of our parent company Nexstar’s 21st anniversary.

Most volunteers are retired and have worked with Open Pantry Community Services for years, some even decades.

I feel rewarded when I give,” said Mateom.

The church helps the city’s homeless, jobless and those who are just looking for a helping hand. It’s a place where nobody gets turned away.

Carl Hunt of Springfield told 22News, “If it wasn’t for this place I’d probably be back in jail, eating the slop that they give us in there. The people here are like family.”

Some of these guests’ families don’t know they eat at a Soup kitchen, and we are protecting their privacy.

It’s a place where nobody gets turned away.

Darlene St. Jacques told 22News, “In order to feed anywhere from 100 to 200 people, we need volunteers here on a daily basis to help us.”

Something volunteers told 22News, they enjoy.

“But it brings me back every time. It’s like [a] magnet, it’s a magnet. It’s something I need to do,” said Mateom.