A Winnipeg shelter helped the city's less fortunate celebrate Easter with a warm meal and good company today.

Siloam Mission's annual Easter turkey dinner was held at noon on Good Friday at the Winnipeg shelter. Sixty volunteers helped prepare the meal this year.

Wayne Genaille, from Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, said he has been struggling to stay positive since his wife died six years ago. Eating the Easter meal at Siloam helped brighten his spirits, Genaille said.

Volunteer Andrea Wiebe said she was happy to help make the day special for people like Genaille. She's with the Manitoba Real Estate Association, and it's their 11th year hosting dinner.  

Siloam Mission

Sixty volunteers helped out with the event. (Erin Brohman/CBC)

"I've known Siloam Mission since it was just a little soup kitchen. It means a lot to help this place that helps so many people," she said.

Fred Mattson, 69, is a retired carpenter and former member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Mattson said he was grateful to organizers at the shelter for putting on such a great meal.

"This is just wonderful. The people here are amazing," he said. "For some reason everyone else got their CPP cheques and old age cheques yesterday. I didn't get one. You've got to eat — I'm hungry."

The mission was expecting about 800 people to attend the feast this year.

Siloam Mission, Fred

Fred Mattson, 69, is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He lives in a Winnipeg hotel and volunteers at the shelter from time to time. (Erin Brohman/CBC)