Rescue mission

Oroville Rescue Mission hosts a drive-through dinner on Christmas Eve – Chico Enterprise-Record

Most places remain closed on Christmas Eve. This drive-thru service remained open to everyone.

On Friday, the Oroville Rescue Mission hosted a Christmas drive-through dinner at the El Medio Fire Department for residents of Oroville. Families were given take-out boxes with turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes and green beans.

Oroville Rescue Mission Executive Director Steve Terry said they feed everyone who comes for Christmas, regardless of their social or financial status.

“If someone comes in a Mercedes, we’ll feed them. And if someone comes for a walk, we feed them, ”said Terry. “Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving dinner; we never care about that stuff “

Volunteers distributed take-out boxes with hot meals, wrapped gifts for the kids and six jars of peanut butter. They also donated jackets donated by local agencies and jewelry from a seized Forever 21.

Terry said the Oroville Rescue Mission has held Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners every year for more than 30 years. This year, the mission hosted a drive-through dinner due to COVID restrictions, but Terry said he hopes to bring back a seated event one day.

“I don’t like to do it that way because I prefer to have personal contact with them,” said Terry. “Drive-thru like this really lends itself to this type of situation. People don’t have to get out of their cars.

Terry said that on Christmas Eve in the past they served 1,200 dinners. This year, he expects his team of volunteers to do the same.

Volunteer Lynnan Pilley asked passing drivers if they had any children at home who needed gifts. She handed them over to visitors and wished them a Merry Christmas.

“I was in the position where I needed help so it’s great to be on the other side,” Pilley said. “It’s a good internal reward.

Volunteer Roy Easley is a former student of the recovery program run by Oroville Rescue Mission and has come forward to volunteer for them.

“Every year I try to volunteer to help with food and help guys who are still recovering,” Easley said. “My hope is that people who knew me on the streets would see the example – see me and how I cleaned myself up and did well. “

Easley helped prepare the turkey dinners for visitors.

“It makes me happy to see people eat. Parents who can’t afford Christmas presents can get one, ”Easley said. “We can give them out and bless them this Christmas because we know it’s been tough this year.”