United Way’s Emergency Shelter gives back to the community with a Christmas Eve dinner.
While many people are with family, preparing food or even wrapping gifts. Some people are not.
“If I wasn’t here I would be outside in the cold,” said Michael Tanner, North Dakota resident.
But for those who are homeless or stay in shelters during the holidays, United Way gave them a little Christmas cheer.
Residents were given gift bags, a hot meal, and good ol’ North Dakota hospitality. With the the help of the Fedorchak family of 12 who donated their time and energy cooking and providing the food for free.
” I just saw that they were needing help and I just called United Way and said how do I help. They said what do you like to do, and I said cook. They said we need meals and so we started bringing meals every Monday and that is how it turned into it,” said Julie Fedorchak, Volunteer.
This is the only emergency shelter in the Bismarck -Mandan area. They opened in March of 2018 and have up to 14 rooms for men, women and children.
The shelter is a safe haven for some.
“I am very thankful, these people have been very good to us,” said Tanner.
Organizers at United Way will host another dinner on New Years Eve.