Old Chicago filling plates and hearts with annual free meal

Posted at 6:14 PM, Dec 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-25 20:14:43-05

BOISE — For the manager at Old Chicago pizza and taproom downtown, Christmas is simple.

"It's about having a table and putting people around it," said manager Brent Giroux.

He's hosting the annual, free-of-charge Christmas lunch put on by a local non-profit. After 17 years. He says both the volunteers, and the attendees keep coming back.

They recognize each other, they know each other, and that's where I look at the community coming together," said Giroux.

Some of the volunteers are trading in their Christmas morning present opening for waitressing. Brooklyn and Sienna Medina have volunteered for the past 3 years.

"We do it every year to come help the people who can't really have a fun Christmas day, to help them get food in their tummies and have a great Christmas," said Medina.

The kind gesture, noted by those attending.

"How people can come together and give back to the community, and I mean it shows the goodness of people in their nature," said attendee Adam Pehringer.

"I wasn't expecting this; it's a true Christmas blessing, I'm a long ways from my family in Montana," said attendee Orin Alexander.

As for the volunteers, they say Christmas morning isn't about the gifts anyways.

"Well, Christmas isn't really about getting, it's more about giving and making sure people get what they need," said Medina.