Volunteers serve Easter meals to those in need

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Celebrating holidays with loved ones can often be difficult for some of the less fortunate, so dozens united at St. Vincent de Paul to help those in need enjoy Easter.

Stacy Sholes followed closely behind his family Sunday, as the children collected Easter baskets and other items outside of St. Vincent De Paul in Baton Rouge.

"It's a blessing. It's a blessing," said Sholes. "It's an Easter blessing."

Sholes adds he and his family would not have not been able to enjoy the day without a little help.

"Financially we're not able this year and the kids are able to get Easter baskets and they can still be happy and not miss their happiness and that's what it's all about their happiness," said Sholes.

Inside the St. Vincent De Paul dining room, dozens of volunteers worked together and loaded up plates full of ham and green beans and served them to hundreds of hungry visitors. Eloise Day was one of the many servers on hand with her parents and siblings and says she won't forget this Easter anytime soon.

"The feeling I'm getting right now is tons of humility. I'm feeling so humble because I see all these people that have nothing and to think I have so much and I never really thought of that before that way," said Day.

The free Easter meal has been served in the St. Vincent DePaul dining room since 1982. Organizers say the experience remains special for everyone involved including the volunteers and those receiving a helping hand.

"You know the meal has a value, the Easter basket has an economic value but the volunteers, that's priceless," said St. Vincent De Paul CEO Michael Acaldo. "Our guests recognize that and they're very appreciative."

Sholes agrees and says for him Easter will always have extra meaning thanks to the folks who did what they could to make sure his family had everything it needed, at least for one day.

"This is family. I've eaten here over the years and each time I've fallen short the doors have always been open and the food has always been good," said Sholes.

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