REDDING, Calif. – A mission to spread holiday joy across the community was deemed a success by Rescue Mission volunteers and visitors on Thanksgiving Day.
Volunteers at the Good News Rescue Mission in Redding were gloved up, masked up, and focused on preparing holiday meals.
“There's always a lot of prep, especially when there are five or six different things going into a meal,” said volunteer Steven Spangle.
“You have potatoes and stuffing. Luckily we had a pretty good crew this morning,” Spangle said.
It ended up that the coronavirus pandemic did not stop people from wanting to serve others on Thanksgiving.
“I made sure to be here first thing in the morning to make sure they had enough hands on deck to get this done,” said Kevin Bokanoski, another volunteer.
Dozens of people came to the Rescue Mission to get their hot Thanksgiving meal. Community members dropped by to spread some holiday sweetness, otherwise known as dessert.
“I still felt like making a bunch of pies,” said Lauren Christensen of Bella Vista. “I called up the Rescue Mission to see if they could use some and they said sure.”
Even though the pandemic is hard for many, people are still family at the Good News Rescue Mission.
“We are all family here in Redding and this mission is here for a blessing,” said Spangle. “That's why it's called the Good News because the good news is you're welcomed.”