Charity is on the menu this Christmas Eve at Auntie Mattie’s on North Chancery Street. Marlena Galie is planning a free holiday meal for Warren County’s homeless and displaced population.
Friends, volunteers and staff will be cooking up gumbo, macaroni and cheese, greens, mixed beans and desserts for the Christmas meal which will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 24. Marlena is requesting community support of any food donations which would either support or complement the menu. In addition to the meal effort, there will be treat bags of toiletries given away.
“I told my husband I wanted to give back. The community has been very good to us thru Auntie Mattie’s and I want to say thank you,” said Marlena. “I have an employee who was previously homeless, and she is working and doing a good job. I remember a time when I had nothing. I know what it feels like and I want to help those who might be feeling that way this Christmas.”
The group plans to enlist HOME-Homeless of McMinnville Effort for the flyer distribution to the county’s displaced population. HOME volunteers will also be on hand to assist with food donations and provide any help with preparations. Marlena and team are adding additional seating both inside and out to ensure adequate seating.
“God said he would help in this effort, and I know He will. I asked God to send me an angel to help with this and he did,” said Marlena. “I hear people complaining about the smallest things, and then I see other people making a meal out of a can. Those people complaining have no idea how hard things could be for them. This season is about Jesus and giving, and that is why we are doing this. He fed 5,000 with a few fish and bread. Can you imagine if He walked down this street?”
For anyone wishing to donate food items or to participate in any way, call 931-414-4388.