JACKSONVILLE, Florida – What’s a Christmas morning without a hearty breakfast?
“Eggs, bacon, French toast, apple juice, chocolate milk; everything is fine, ”said Dawn Joy, resident of Sulzbacher village.
Dawn Joy snuck into the Sulzbacher village dining hall to grab some food before her two boys woke up. Her third was also hungry.
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“I have two sons upstairs. This one is due on Valentine’s Day, ”Joy said.
Joy was one of hundreds of people who were treated to a Christmas morning breakfast hosted by Sulzbacher. People had a choice of French toast, eggs, sausage, and bacon in one place. At the downtown men’s campus they had chicken, waffles, and cinnamon rolls.
Sulzbacher has served hundreds of Christmas mornings, including 360 residents and dozens more in the community.
“We do everything as we always do for the holidays,” said Sulzbacher Donor Relations and Marketing Manager Emily Knight-Smith.
It really looked like Christmas morning outside the dining room, with dozens of presents waiting to be opened by residents. Each child staying at the Village had their own specially personalized bag.
“The holidays are a wonderful time for so many families and individuals, but for someone living in poverty, it is also a stressful time. Being able to alleviate that stress and just have a nice morning for our customers is amazing, ”said Knight-Smith.
Joy said she was grateful for the work Sulzbacher staff members put into the event so that her family could have a special vacation.
“I’m so grateful. My living room is full of toys because of Mr. Dalton, the village and the people here. I don’t know where I would be. Last year was nothing like it,” Joy said.
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Many more expressed their gratitude on entering and leaving breakfast.
Staff members have expressed enthusiasm for 2022 and hope the new year will bring another level of normalcy back to the end of the pandemic.
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