LIMA — Hundreds of needy people were helped Saturday through an effort supported by Tom Ahl.
Usually, Ahl sponsors the annual Easter Dinner at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center but due to the pandemic, the plans changed for this year’s event.
Instead of being held on Sunday, the event was moved to Saturday and Ahl and his many volunteers supplied the ingredients for an Easter Dinner.
People lined up at the Wyngate Hotel on Market Street to receive packages of food.
“We have egg noodles, cans of Keystone Meat chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and chicken broth so they can make a homestyle meal for their family,” said Jennifer Griffith, marketing manager for Tom Ahl’s Family of Dealerships.
“It feels good to still be able to help the public even though we can’t all gather at this time, or it might just not be a smart way to gather normally. So we can still help the families and those in need or people who really need the food for Easter or to make a better meal for their family so that they can all share the holiday together,” Griffith said.
Amy Downing is a longtime volunteer for the Easter Meals, before at the Civic Center and now at the Wyngate.
“Both are great but I think this has really been awesome. I think we’re serving more people this way and they get more, I believe so,” Downing said.
Daisey Mills, who just moved into Lima recently from Santa Barbara, California, was moved by the event.
“I think it’s pretty cool. It’s such a good example and I’m appreciative because I don’t have that much. But I have enough, it’s extra helpful to me so I appreciate it,” Mills said.
Ahl was just glad to help make a difference.
“I think it’s been a blessed day. I had just talked to somebody who rolled the window down to get their food and they said that this helped so much because they had been without work for a whole year because of the COVID, and they didn’t know what they were going to eat tomorrow. So I’m happy that we did it,” Ahl said.
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