FLINT — The warm aroma of Christmas dinner greeted guests as they entered the North End Soup Kitchen, on Dec. 25.
More than 400 individuals received a holiday dinner with all the trimmings, as well as towels, socks and toiletries for the grownups, and children were greeted by Santa Claus himself, who provided a toy for every child as well as a photo opportunity.
Also on Christmas Day, more than 200 guests enjoyed dinner and gifts at Catholic Charities’ Holy Angels Soup Kitchen, which was open for its first Christmas meal this year. Food and gifts at the Holy Angels Soup Kitchen were generously provided by the West Side Church of Flushing.
“We had a record turnout this year at our soup kitchens on Christmas Day,” says Vicky Schultz, PresidentA and CEO of Catholic Charities. “It warms my heart to know that people have a place to come celebrate Christmas. We welcome everyone, from those who can’t afford a Christmas dinner, to those who are lonely and have nowhere else to go. Everyone has a place here,” adds Schultz.
“Catholic Charities would like to thank the more than 100 volunteers who gave their time Christmas Day, as well as the churches, businesses, organizations and individuals who generously provided toys, towels, socks and toiletries,” says Jon Manse, Director of Community Services at Catholic Charities. “This program wouldn’t be possible without the support we receive each year from the community.” Details: 810-232-9950.