Hope Ministries received more than 40 percent more Easter meal requests than they did last year. Volunteers worked all day Saturday to prepare. They accepted donations from the people who make it all possible.
"We're just getting these dinner rolls and brownies and all the food ready for tomorrow," said volunteer Holly Mestad.
Volunteers prepared enough brownies and rolls to feed about 2000
people during the annual Easter meal that will take place on Sunday.
As they sorted through the food, donations came pouring in.
"It's really touching to see people so willing to give
and so happy to do it," said Mestad.
David Burrier of Hope Ministries said he was grateful to have so many people coming forward to help.
"It takes the community and their good hearts to come and sustain this ministry," he said.
One of the community's good hearts is 9–year–old Dylan Fallacaro. He helped make four trays of brownies so that he could experience his favorite part:
"Seeing the smiles on people's face."
Burrier said that's why Hope Ministries serves those in need.
"Watching moms and dads come in with small children, and watching the kids come in with the brownies that they helped cook — what a great teachable moment," Burrier said. "Whenever you give, you always get more back. It just works that way."
All of the volunteer spots for Sunday's meal are filled, but Hope Ministries looks for help through out the year. Information on what you can do to help can be found on their website.