While many families are preparing their Easter menus, one local restaurant is already busy serving up some meals. Rick’s Café Boatyard is teaming up with the Open Door Mission to make the holiday special for the Heartland's homeless.
Staff at the restaurant volunteered their time to serve 65 children and their families Easter brunch. They also provided goodies for an indoor Easter egg hunt.
Michele Duran has been staying at the Open Door Mission for seven months. She says the day is about letting her two kids enjoy themselves.
“I try to do what I can do for my kids,” says Duran. “When you don't have the money for it and the Lydia House does this for us it makes you actually feel good.”
David Bordelon is the executive chef at Rick’s Café. He says seeing the kids reactions is priceless.
“They’re eyes light up just like when they see presents under the Christmas tree. It’s nice to be able to take care of people.”
The brunch also allows parents to relax a little bit too. Brook Wirthlin came with her daughters.
“It’s been stressful and its really great that someone can put on something like this and the kids can have fun and enjoy the holidays.”
To top it off, each family leaves with a photo with the Easter bunny.
This is the third year Rick's Cafe Boatyard served the Easter brunch.
More families will get the same opportunity tomorrow. Buses will take them to an Easter service followed by lunch at Old Chicago.
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