A Christmas Feast at the Soup Kitchen
Colleen with a guest

The spirit of Christmas joy could be felt, even at a social distance, during Emmaus Soup Kitchen’s annual Christmas dinner on Friday evening. A special meal, including stuffed chicken as the entree, also featured a gift giveaway as the cherry-on-top. Guests received fleece-lined hooded sweatshirts, calendars for the new year, Christmas ornaments, children’s blankets for families and even Matchbox cars for kids.

Rita Scrimenti, Emmaus social worker, coordinated the giveaway with Sister Rosanne Lindal-Hynes, as well as four dedicated volunteers who helped organize the gifts for over 200 guests: Karen Fortebraccio, Pam Baumgart, Colleen Hammon, and Mary Nelson. Volunteers Debbie Shoup and Kim Wierbinski helped to serve to-go meals.

“While it can be hard to find Christmas cheer during such a difficult year, seeing our guests, who we miss having in our dining room so much, delight in something special reminds me why we call Emmaus a family,” shared soup kitchen and food pantry coordinator, Catherine Simon. “Families share their joys and their sorrows. The year 2020 has brought so many of both, but this evening is a joy.”

Photo: Volunteer Colleen Hammon greets a guest

Staff members, Sister Val (L) and Rita Scrimenti
Staff members, Sister Val (L) and Rita Scrimenti
Volunteers, Karen (L) and Mary
Volunteers, Karen (L) and Mary
Children receiving gifts
Children receiving gifts
The Christmas meal
The Christmas meal
A guest receives his jacket
A guest receives his jacket