"It was so heartwarming to see the genuine enthusiasm," said Toombs. "They even said that the piece of broken muffin was the best they had ever tasted."
Rodrigues said that for people who use the shelter and kitchen, an experience like this can lift their spirits. She said it helps them feel as though they are part of society and have not been forgotten.
Many families from Glen Worden sat and had breakfast with their children, as well as with people from the community. Rodrigues said there was so much joy in the room that is was infectious.
"The children and community members were clapping and singing; it was a room full of energy. The children were literally breaking bread with these people who are struggling, and it was extremely touching," said Rodrigues.
The children also received pictures made by a woman from the mission who said she could not afford to purchase gifts to say thank you but wanted the children to know how much it means to see them care. Rodrigues said a trickle-down effect comes out of the program every year, where parents will then get their children's organizations, such as the Boy Scouts, involved.
For information about volunteering at the Schenectady City Mission, contact director Mike Saccocia at 346-2275. ""