Celebrating Easter at Emmaus
Knights of Columbus volunteer serves the Easter meal

Alleluia! The Easter season at Emmaus has been filled with special meals and heartfelt messages for guests. From its annual Holy Thursday dinner adapted for COVID meal service to homemade greeting cards delivered with to-go bags, many have contributed touches to the joyful season.

A tradition at the soup kitchen, an Easter meal was served on Holy Thursday. With a holiday blessing included on to-go boxes since the dining room remains closed, guests enjoyed Easter ham, potatoes, and a salad served by volunteers from the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of Peace parish. Chocolate bunnies and eggs donated by Romolo’s and 200 individual Easter goodie bags prepared by Nancy and Fred Bird added a finishing touch to the meal.

Students at St. Luke’s School created homemade Easter greeting cards as part of a project initiated by the third-grade class. After hearing a presentation about Emmaus by staff member Breanna Mekuly, students decided that they wanted to do something to contribute to meals at the soup kitchen. The class chose to organize a cookie drive for the entire school to collect desserts. Learning that guests often have only one meal per day, some students also made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Breanna said, “The students at St. Luke’s are learning how to be active citizens. They wanted to contribute to the overall well-being of our guests. So along with providing food, they also chose to spread joy by creating colorful cards to share throughout the Easter season.” Staff member, Sister Valerie Luckey, added, “While we wait to welcome our guests back into the soup kitchen, we are grateful to be able to share the generosity of so many during these Easter days.”

Photo: Knights of Columbus volunteers serve the Easter meal

Nancy and Fred Bird deliver Easter bags
Nancy and Fred Bird deliver Easter bags
Greeting cards from St. Luke's students
Greeting cards from St. Luke's students
Volunteer Colleen Hammon hands out Easter treats
Volunteer Colleen Hammon hands out Easter treats
Chocolate bunnies donated by Romolo's
Chocolate bunnies donated by Romolo's
The Easter meal
The Easter meal
An Easter blessing on to-go boxes
An Easter blessing on to-go boxes
Sister Val with greetings from St. Luke's
Sister Val with greetings from St. Luke's