Volunteers Line Up To Help With Open Door Mission's Christmas Meals

People in the metro, and across the world have been celebrating Christmas in their own ways.

Some however, couldn't have made it without the help of some dedicated volunteers.

On Christmas morning, volunteers put on a special breakfast at the Open Door Mission in Omaha.

There were several hundred hungry people waiting in the main dining hall that morning.

In the kitchen, dozens of volunteers were preparing a special breakfast, cooking eggs, slicing fruit, cutting onions, and even a holiday ham.

Instead of spending Christmas at home, volunteers like the Wilburs were there helping out. “With all of the distractions that we have around the holidays, this is actually one thing that we do have that can pull us all together, and meet other people in the community. It’s an exciting, as well as, a rewarding opportunity for us,” said Keith Wilbur.

More volunteers served up items like eggs, bacon, sausage, a waffle, and biscuits and gravy.

Then others worked as servers: delivering meals to the many who needed something to eat on Christmas morning.

Many of the server positions were filled by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. “You know, it gives you a good feeling to be able to sacrifice just a little time. It doesn’t take much to help somebody out and make them feel better about themselves on Christmas day,” said Tracey Newby, of the sorority.

It was just a simple breakfast, but all those on the receiving end really appreciated the work of the volunteers.

“Especially the ones that are homeless, they needed a great meal like this for today,” said Ranzo Trout, one of the clients at the Open Door Mission.

The Open Door Mission offers hot meals every day, but had a lot of volunteers helping on Christmas.

The Open Door Mission and volunteers also offered a Christmas dinner in the evening.

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