Local non-profits give those in need a chance to celebrate the holidays

The Eugene Mission revealed its finalized, new kitchen to the public Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (SBG photo)

LANE COUNTY, Ore. - While most of us will be spending Christmas with our loved ones in a warm home, many people in our area won't have that luxury. Luckily, local non-profits are stepping in to change that.

Some people in our area are thinking of the less fortunate, and making sure those without a home this holiday season stay warm and out of the cold, while also guaranteeing a hot meal on Christmas Day.

The Eugene Mission is feeding between 500 and 600 people this Christmas, and Caitlan Vargas with the Mission says that men, women and entire families will enjoy a traditional holiday meal.

"We are going to have a great dinner, and we are going to have some gifts for our guests as well," said Vargas.

Christmas Day is also the one-year anniversary of the Mission's newest kitchen. You may remember that in June of 2016, their older one burned down.

"The fire was really devastating, and it really took us back," said Vargas. "But out of the ashes came beauty."

Now they will continue to celebrate helping others with state-of-the-art dining.

Egan Warming Centers will also be serving hot meals for those in need this Christmas, and like the Eugene Mission, Directory Shelley Corteville says that they'll be providing a safe and warm place to sleep for people without a home.

"We treat our folks like guests, so if you think of like a motel where people would come in and check their bags, and we would feed them a meal," said Corteville.

Helping those in need for Christmas, because Corteville and Vargas both say it's not only the right thing to do all the time, but it holds special meaning during the holiday of giving.

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