EUGENE, Ore – On Monday, December 25, the Eugene Mission offered Christmas breakfast and dinner for those without a home.
KEZI 9 News spoke with Chef Marshall Eck who says they served about 400 guests for breakfast and about 600 guests for dinner.
The menu this year included honey glazed ham, herb scalloped potatoes with shredded hash browns, and vegetables.
Breakfast began at 6:15am and dinner began being served at 2pm for women and families and 3:30pm for single men. These meals are made possible because of the generosity of 200 volunteers who give their time to the Eugene Mission.
Staff with the mission said it's so important for them to be able to make a difference in the holiday for people who might not have celebrated otherwise.
"When you think about Christmas, you think childhood and all those warm fuzzy feelings, and they're lacking in a lot of these folks' lives. So what we can do is kind of replicate that to the best of our abilities and just make a special day for our guests," Eck said.
All adults who stayed with the Eugene Mission for Christmas received a gift bag and all children received a toy.
Staff said they were pleased to see so many volunteers for Christmas, but they wanted to remind everyone that they need volunteers all the time.
If you'd like to volunteer with the Eugene Mission you can contact them at 541-344-3251 or visit their website at eugenemission.org.