*** CHRISTMAS EVE EVE!!! ***
Every year for Christmas, all of my cousins on my dad’s side of the family participate in a Secret Santa exchange. It’s really fun, but this year since we were all a little strapped for cash, we decided to do a volunteer activity together instead. Since it was a pretty last minute decision we had a hard time finding something, but I was eventually able to get us up to provide and serve lunch at Sarah’s Hope, an emergency shelter for women and children run by St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore.
Sarah’s Hope depends on volunteers to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily to their residents. We decided to prepare a lasagna dish for lunch today, so yesterday Ian and I headed out to Costco to pick up all of the ingredients, and last night the cousins came over. We prepared six turkey lasagnas, as well as garlic bread and salad.
This morning we headed down a little past 10am so we could arrive with plenty of time to re-heat the lasagnas and toast the garlic bread. There were about 15 women and 15 children that we served lunch to. We expected more people, but many were working today, so we ended up with two lasagnas leftover that they stuck in the freezer. Every one seemed to enjoy the food, and most people had seconds. Everyone was really friendly, and the little kiddos were super cute.
It felt really good to volunteer with my family; they’re so much fun to hang out with, and, particularly at a place like a homeless shelter, I feel so grateful to have such amazing people in my life. We’re really lucky!
Thank you to Lisa, Jessica, Shana, Patrick, Jenn, Ian, and Aunt Lynda for all of your help getting this together!
Want to Join Us in Giving? If you live in Baltimore, consider volunteering at Sarah’s Hope. You’ll prepare and serve a meal to some women and children who wouldn’t otherwise have one. You can also consider donating or fulfilling items on their wish list.