A meal, a smile brightens Union Gospel Mission

Union Gospel Mission serving Portland since 1927

Volunteers served more than 650 meals at the Union Gospel Mission, Dec. 25, 2014 (Union Gospel Mission)
Volunteers served more than 650 meals at the Union Gospel Mission, Dec. 25, 2014 (Union Gospel Mission)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — More than 100 volunteers served more than 650 meals to people at the Union Gospel Mission who needed a good meal, a smile and a gift bag.

Roasted pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, rolls and pumpkin pie were served until the food ran out Christmas afternoon at The Mission, which has been serving Portland for 87 years at 3 NW 3rd Avenue.

Volunteers pass out gift bags at the Union Gospel Mission, Dec. 25, 2014 (Union Gospel Mission)
Volunteers pass out gift bags at the Union Gospel Mission, Dec. 25, 2014 (Union Gospel Mission)

The volunteers passed out gift bags with hygiene items, t-shirts, socks and blankets. For many of the volunteers, it’s a family tradition to come and help others.

The kindness was noticed.

One person said, “I’m uncomfortable, you know? It’s a prideful thing but I’m sucking it up. I’m asking, I’m receiving and it’s a part of the spirit.”

Another said, “People come down here when it’s cold and rainy on Thanksgiving and Christmastime instead of being with their family, just to help us.”

To the volunteers, giving back is what this season is all about.

“There’s so many people that all they need is a warm smile, somebody cheerful to talk to them,” one volunteer said. “These people need hope, and that’s what we are here to do.”

Online: The Union Gospel Mission

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