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Mission hosts Easter banquet

Mar. 31, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Chris O'Brien cheerfully smiled as he helped folks getting Easter dinner at the Huntington City Mission.

He has plenty to smile about these days, and on Sunday, he was spreading the joy of serving others at a place where he was once served himself.

Now attending Tri-State Bible College, O'Brien said he was in a dark and depressed state when he first came to City Mission in 2004.

"I'll always come back and remember where I first heard the call of the Lord," O'Brien said.

On Sunday afternoon, O'Brien was joined by about 20 volunteers, who helped serve the annual Easter banquet of roast beef, ham and all the trimmings.

By 1:30 p.m., about 200 people had already come through and eaten in the dining hall, whose tables were covered in colorful green and yellow tablecloths.

Lynn Clagg, volunteer and special events coordinator at the Mission, said the Mission felt blessed to be able to make the holidays special, and wish they could do these type of events more often.

"I was asking the volunteers what is the most important thing you are going to give away today, and I said that's your smiles," Clagg said. "We want to be gracious and giving. The holidays are a time when we can give a little more than we can on a regular basis."

Several folks stepped up to make the meal happen. Scott Simms donated the hams for the dinner, and Brunetti's Bakery donated 400 dinner rolls.

Clagg's granddaughter, Adriana Clagg, who is 12 and a student at Fairland Middle School, was one of the youngest volunteers.

"Everyone deserves to celebrate Easter," Adriana said. "Not everybody gets the opportunity to."

Lynn Clagg, who will retire June 17 after 13 years at the Mission, said following the Easter dinner, she is prepping for her last big event for the Mission -- the ninth annual Golf Classic on Saturday, June 15, at Sugarwood Golf Course in Lavalette.

If you would like to volunteer or donate, contact Lynn Clagg at 304-523-0293 ext. 320.

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