Hisshonians celebrate Christmas morning at Rescue Mission! With 70o F weather outside, and the sun shining, it seemed more like spring than Christmas Day in December. Nine of our team gathered in the kitchen to help prepare the lunch for residents, guests, and family for the 11:30 AM meal.
Our CEO Philip Maung brought his wife and two sons to join in, and the daughter of another co-worker, filled the ranks to cut and place desserts, prepare rolls for warming, and any other duties assigned.
While we manned the kitchen, an army of other volunteers donned black bow ties on white shirts, with black slacks, to individually serve each guests as if they were in an expensive establishment. Director Tony Marciano says Charlotte is the only facility of its kind in the country that has the volunteers wear a black tie. In turn, Marciano says “that the guests not only come for the meal, but for the conversation, and are so appreciative that they are treated as an equal, and not a homeless person.”
Usually Hissho volunteers on Thanksgiving and Easter, but this year we added Christmas! What a wonderful way to give back to the community. We have been blessed to be a part of such a great organization as Rescue Mission.