Capital City Rescue Mission serves up Easter feast

April 16, 2017 07:00 PM

ALBANY -- Julie Demers of Bethlehem volunteers at the Capital City Rescue Mission on a regular basis. But it's her first time serving Easter dinner.

"Ultimately, we're sharing the love of God with them so they can see that the Christian community is a loving community," Demers said.

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She was one of many volunteers who brought their kids along to the mission's 35th annual Easter Feast. They were going back and forth from table to table with trays of food that included honey glazed ham, vegetables, yams, mashed potatoes and stuffing.

"I like to bring my children because I like them to appreciate what we do have and realize that we're all the same," Demers said. "We're all God's children and any of us could be in a situation where we need help."

"Everyone needs help," added volunteer Charles Williams. "People are down. I don't really judge people. We all can be down like them. That's what goes through my mind."

The mission served more than 2,000 meals, keeping helpers busy in the kitchen most of the day. The head chef says they wouldn't have it any other way.

"You are helping people," said head chef Max Ansong. "When you are there to help people who are less fortunate, there's an energy there that always drives you to do more."

Pastor Perry Jones say none of this would be possible if not for the generosity of the Capital Region.

"This is not government sponsored," Jones said. "This is sponsored by the people of God, by companies and by community action people who love to see people helped."


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