Easter is a time of sacrifice and giving and a Central Pennsylvania organizations is doing just that.
At the Water Street Mission in Lancaster, their mantra is "changing one life at a time." But this Easter weekend, the mission is changing many lives.
"It's actually the culmination of a week-long process of giving out hams and other groceries that someone would need to make an Easter dinner in their own home," said Maria Schaszberger, spokesperson for Water Street Ministries, of their Easter outreach. "Over 300 families will have received all of these food boxes."
Recipient Richard Weime said, "I got plenty. Ham, potatoes, all the trimmings. It's a real blessing."
All the food was donated by the Lancaster community. In fact, the Water Street Mission set a goal of 500 Easter hams, but they ended up with double that.
"So many who are in a position to help are remembering those in need and are going out of their way to make donations," said Schaszberger . "The Water Street Mission wants to make sure that people can have their basic needs met and celebrate with their families together this very special Easter holiday."
While many went to the mission to get food for Easter dinner some were also there to get food for their souls.
"It's wonderful, it's wonderful for the person that I was. I came off the streets," said Weimer. "You know, I was a street person for a while. I ran into some problems. I found his place one day and it turned my life around," said Weimer.
Volunteers at Water Street Mission said serving the less fortunate is a great way to serve-up hope.
"One of the ladies, I asked her how she was doing. She said, ‘I'm alive and I can see the sunshine.' To see that kind of positive perspective and the good attitude, it's great to see what kindness and what compassion can do," said Schaszberger.
Water Street is also holding an Easter banquet Saturday. Volunteers said they expect to feed 400 people.
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