ST. CHARLES – It truly takes a community to help put on Lazarus House's Thanksgiving Community Feast and Community Christmas Brunch.
Volunteers are needed to help at both events as well as provide food and supplies. Lazarus House will host its annual Thanksgiving Community Feast from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps building located at 1710 S. Seventh Ave. in St. Charles.
Lazarus House's second holiday event, the Community Christmas Brunch, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 25 at Lazarus House Fellowship Hall, 214 Walnut St. in downtown St. Charles. Both events are open to the entire community.
Lazarus House is a charitable organization based in downtown St. Charles. It offers safe shelter, food and support services to men, women and children connected to St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and western rural Kane County who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Both the Thanksgiving Community Feast and Community Christmas Brunch are well attended.
"Usually around 200 people attend the Thanksgiving Community Feast," said Anne Stephans, volunteer and special events coordinator at Lazarus House. "Anyone in the community who doesn't have anywhere to go is invited or anyone who just wants to celebrate with Lazarus House."
In addition, about 150 people attend the Community Christmas Brunch, Stephans said. Volunteers are needed to prepare dishes off site in a disposable pan so they are ready to serve at both events, she said.
"I need volunteers to help provide these hot dishes, desserts and supplies we need," Stephans said. "That's kind of where my need for the volunteers is."
Fresh, uncooked turkeys are needed as well as potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, salads, gravy and to go containers, she said. More information is available by contacting Stephans at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 630-587-2144.
Community members can also help make Christmas a little brighter for Lazarus House guests through its gift tag program, where they purchase gifts that are on their list. Those who would like to participate can contact Stephans at email@example.com to request tags and receive more details.
Gift cards are also welcome, along with honorary gifts or memorial gifts. More information is available by going to Lazarus House's website at lazarushouse.net.
Lazarus House first opened in 1997 as a warm-weather shelter for homeless individuals connected to St. Charles.