DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver Rescue Mission served an early Easter dinner to hundreds of homeless and low-income families on Friday.

About 600 homeless and low-income men, women and children lined up outside the Denver Rescue Mission Lawrence Street Shelter on Friday morning.

They were treated to a complete holiday meal with all the trimmings, including ham with pineapple glaze, sweet potato casserole, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole, golden corn, spring salad, three bean salad, Jell-O and a variety of desserts.

“It’s a way for them to feel special. We serve them a meal instead of having them go through the line. We have volunteers who are smiling and willing to talk to them. We also are offering a special foot washing which is symbolic of the Easter story. We have volunteers who will be washing feet,” said Denver Rescue Mission spokeswoman Alexxa Gagner. “It’s a special thing to offer folks who don’t always have that caring and that personal touch in their lives.”

Worship, communion and foot washing were also offered.

Each guest also received a new pair of shoes courtesy of the Runners Roost Denver and New Balance. A new pair of socks is also provided courtesy of Volunteers of America.

“It’s such a great partnership and a special time for us to reach out to our brothers and sisters,” said Gagner.

This is the 20th year for the Easter Celebration at the Denver Rescue Mission.


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