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"It's such a blessing." Salvation Army serves up Easter breakfast to Tucson

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"It's such a blessing." Salvation Army serves up Easter breakfast to Tucson

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Apr 19, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - For Sylvia Danner and her three kids, the Salvation Army breakfast has become an Easter tradition.

"We love the breakfast, we love the Easter baskets, the kids are always so happy to come," said Danner. "We've actually been coming the last four years."

Danner says the Salvation Army has helped her family with more than just breakfast.

"The Salvation Army has been a godsend to me for many things," she said. "As far as getting toys for the kids, they do a Christmas Angel Tree project, we come every year for the Easter breakfast and they also help with utility assistance and rental assistance when need be, so they have been a great blessing."

This year's Easter breakfast served ham, eggs and pancakes to about 300 people. The children also left with Easter baskets full of candy and toys.

"It's a community event," said Danner. "Everyone's happy, everyone's eating. It's wonderful."

Mayfield Florist donated the flowers for the tables, Arizona Party Rental donated the tent and Shamrock food also contributed.

More than 100 volunteers started their day at 5 a.m. cooking food and making sure everything under the tent was warm and welcoming.

"We want them to feel warmth," said Shawna Kroh with the Salvation Army. "We want them to feel a sense of community, that they belong, that they can come and enjoy a meal together and just fellowship with other people here."

Danner says her family definitely felt that warmth.

"It's such a blessing," she said. "I have to keep from crying from hearing the Easter story and hearing good music, hearing the prayers. It's such a wonderful feeling to be here."

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The Salvation Army is currently building its new Hospitality House at the corner of Speedway and Main. The house is set to be finished in December.

For more information about the Salvation Army, click here.

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.