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Community members in Oroville giving back this Christmas

The Oroville Rescue Mission hosted a drive-through donation event where they gave away hundreds of Christmas meals to families in need.

Posted: Dec 24, 2020 7:03 PM
Updated: Dec 24, 2020 7:03 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - One local recue mission is on a mission to feed those who need it the most this Christmas. 

Every year the Oroville rescue mission hosts a big Christmas dinner for families in need here in the community but this year with the pandemic, things looked a little different.

"Everything is to-go, nobody is coming in to the food line, we have volunteers that will take the food to them and they will take the food to-go," said Pastor, Stephen Terry, who is also the C.E.O. of The Oroville Rescue Mission.

Alex Burg and his family stopped by the giveaway on Thursday morning, "It feels pretty good because everybody is around giving joy to everyone," said Burg.

Bernice Hernandez from Oroville, also stopped by, she says, "Its hard, people are struggling, even people who work have to come here, and thank god for these people who do this for us because some people are struggling and just can't make it." she added, "It's amazing to know that there's people out there who go out and do this for other people."

Nayla Becerra decided to volunteer at the food giveaway and show her daughters the importance of giving back. "With the pandemic and everyone going through a rough time, I feel like the best thing to do is spread joy and cheer," she said.

Her five-year-old daughter, Lorin, said she was glad to help out too. "It makes me feel happy to see their smiling faces."

In total, volunteers gave out over a thousand dinners to families in need.

Santa Claus was also there, spreading joy to the kids who stopped by. He shared this message with the community, "During these challenging times, be kind to one another and understand that we are all going through this together."

The Oroville Rescue Mission also gave away toys and jackets to hundreds of families on Thursday. 

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