Friendship Inn prepares annual Easter charity feast
Group plans to serve 60 turkeys, 400 pounds of potatoes and 200 pounds of carrots
An army of workers is busy in the kitchen at the Saskatoon Friendship Inn.
Ken Campbell, the centre's kitchen manager and head chef, says more than 80 volunteers will join him to serve people who arrive for the meal.
"They'll be waited on hand and foot," Campbell said.
Nine-year-old Lexxa Duerr brought her mother along to help with the cooking.
"I forced my mom to come here," Duerr said. "I wanted to make a change in my life to help other people."
Campbell said they expect to use at least 60 turkeys, 400 pounds of potatoes and 200 pounds of carrots in their preparation for the meal.
"It's wonderful. It warms my heart to see the people coming in for a hot meal," Campbell said. "The children coming in here, they're so excited with their big happy faces...it's just [a] wonderful feeling to be able to give to the community."
Campbell added he's never sure exactly how many people will come to their doors, however. The Friendship Inn was overwhelmed during their Thanksgiving meal last year, when more than 2,000 people showed up.
Campbell said many of the people who come in for food are children.
"Some kids come in with black eyes, dirty clothes, and they're going to school. It brings a tear to my eye," Campbell said.
Campbell said his kitchen is still a little short on potatoes and a couple of other staples for Monday's free meal. Anyone who would like to donate or volunteer can contact the Friendship Inn.