4/4/2013 11:19:00 AM 200 served Easter lunch at Harmony Kitchen
(L-R) Joyce Schrieber-Hester, Yvette Rios and Yasmin Rios serve an Easter lunch at the Harmony Kitchen last Friday.
Special to the Times
BLYTHE - The traditional Easter meal that was held at Harmony Kitchens on Good Friday not only heralded a season of forgiving but an event for giving in the community of Blythe as well.
Nearly 200 senior citizens, transients, disabled and migrant folks came to partake of a meal whose components were largely donated for the occasion by a variety of individuals, institutions, sororities and businesses.
The Board and staff of the Blythe Senior Citizen Center and Harmony Kitchens said they would like to extend their sincere thanks to the following not just for their giving spirit during Easter but throughout the year as well.
As always, the delicious Soup of the Day (Spanish Potato) was given by the good folks at Courtesy Cafe. The hams were donated by several anonymous individuals as well as the Blythe Food Pantry.
Four cases of potatoes, green bean casserole and several bags of rolls were brought in by Jay Abbs as leftovers from the Colorado River Fair. The sweet potato casserole was created from the results of a canned food drive from teacher Gina Vega's Friday Night Live Club at Appleby Elementary.
Two cases of leftover milk were given by the Nutritional Services Department of the Palo Verde Unified School District. A pick-up load of canned goods and condiments were dropped of by a solar engineering company that is working here from Minnesota.
A case of Brussel sprouts was cooked up, donated by Van Dyke Farms. Starbucks sent over several bags of their wonderful pannini sandwiches, bars and pastries.
A good number of items were dropped off from the great people at Rancho Ventana as they are cleaning out their freezers and pantries in preparation for their Spring migrations back to Canada, Washington and Oregon.
As part of their FreshRescue program, a number of salads and cakes were also given to Harmony by the good people at Albertson's. Pizza Hut donated leftovers from their noon buffet for take-home bags.
Lovekin Liquor gave a case of shredded carrots and cabbage for the salads as well.
Finally, the best donations that numerous folks gave to the local soup kitchen were of themselves and their wish to serve.
Volunteers come to Harmony in all shapes and sizes and in all ages from young to not-so-young. On Good Friday, Harmony was blessed by 12-year old Yasmin Rios, who helped to serve with her mother, Yvette, as she usually does during school vacations.
Harmony also celebrated 83-year-old Hazel Lindquist, who has volunteered at the sign-in desk for nearly 30 years now.
Harmony can always use a few more volunteers now that the "snowbirds" are leaving and more hungry clients are showing up for a meal. If any reader would like to give of themselves for a few hours, they can always use another pair of willing hands.
Harmony Kitchens is located at 219 S. Main Street, (760) 921-4508 and hours of service run from 10 am to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.