BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Yvonne and Peter Bondy have started a new holiday tradition - volunteering.
"We came here on Thanksgiving, and thoroughly enjoyed it, and decided to come back at Easter," Yvonne said.
They joined dozens of other volunteers at the Saint Vincent De Paul Dining Room in Baton Rouge for the Easter Meal. Since the room was built 35 years ago, struggling families have come here to get a meal, and celebrate the holiday.
"Seeing the smiles on everyone's face, knowing that at least for a while they're happy," Peter Bondy said.
There were also donated clothes, and Easter baskets.
"Food's very important, but clothing," said Saint Vincent De Paul President Michael Acaldo. "Shoes, socks, some of the personal items are very important, and some the needy guests that we serve, especially the homeless, they desperately need these items."
Bishop Robert Muench led the opening prayer. He says this event inspires him every year.
"The love of God and our call to live our love for God, by loving others," Muench said. "That's what is happening here. Everyone is accepted. Everyone is appreciated. Everyone is cared for."
This is one of Saint Vincent De Paul's largest donation events. Around 500 meals were served this Sunday, but the organization provides food for the homeless year-round. They say they gave away over 253,000 meals last year.