Dinners, Easter Baskets Given Out

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SCRANTON -- Organizers of the 28th annual Friends of the Poor Easter dinner giveaway in Scranton believe the demand this year was greater than ever before.

Families and friends gathered at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Human Services building at Olive Street and Wyoming Avenue in Scranton.

Friends of the Poor handed out free holiday dinners and Easter baskets filled with treats. Donations helped pay for it all .

"We had to prepare for 200 more families because every food giveaway that we've done, I've done we always have more coming. So the need is great," Said Sister Ann Walsh of Friends of the Poor.

Tanya Cox of Archbald received an Easter basket and bags filled with everything needed to make a traditional Easter dinner. Cox volunteered with Friends of the Poor for several years and understands how much help like this means.

"It's hard, times are hard, I just, I love that there's still people out there that have a giving heart and are able to do things like this for the community," said Cox.

With the help from community members and Friends of the Poor they're able to provide all the food and donations to those who are in need and with helpful volunteers it makes it a whole lot easier.

"It means a lot to me, I love helping people. I volunteer a lot and it's just, it's great to see these people getting food for Easter and I just hope their celebrations could be a lot better because of it," said volunteer Leah Netushko.

The giveaway continues Wednesday from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. at the Weinberg Human Services building at Olive Street and Wyoming Avenue in Scranton.

Families who show up must bring proof of income and identification in order to receive a dinner and a basket.

Friends of the Poor expects to help about 1500 families this Easter.