Acts of Kindness: The Burrito Brigade
EUGENE, Ore. - While many people were shopping and prepping for Christmas dinner over the weekend, three siblings made it their mission to ensure that nobody went hungry on Christmas Eve.
The Burrito Brigade has been serving hot and nutritious meals to the homeless community every weekend for the past three years.
Even through the midst of the holiday business, the Denson family was at the First Christian Church on Christmas eve, helping hand out nearly 500 burritos to the hungry.
The Denson family is made up of three Eugene natives and siblings, with one mission in mind, to make a mean burrito by the hundreds.
"It was a learning curve, you know, it wasn't the most delicious burrito in the beginning," said Jennifer Denson, the Community Organizer. "But now, both burritos are probably the best burritos in town."
It started three years ago when Jennifer saw a Facebook post of the newly formed group.
"Just short on volunteers, and it seemed like a great concept," said Jennifer. "It was just a small kitchen in the Whiteaker, and it was just a simple concept of people getting food to the hungry."
Since 2014, the Densons are in the kitchen every Sunday, and sometimes on Saturdays too, making burritos so that community members of Eugene and Springfield will have a warm meal. All of it has been pad for through fundraisers and donations.
"It seems like a small act, but once you're passing out those burritos, people are so appreciative of it," said Steven Denson. "It really makes their day, and our day."
The Burrito Brigade is open Saturdays and Sundays since some social services are closed on the weekend. They coordinate their non-profits and organizations to feed as many people as they can.
"It's a community effort; we're involved with multiple groups," said Jennifer. "Occupy Medical depends on our burritos every Sunday, So I love that we work together."
Giving isn't new to the Densons, it's something that their mother instilled in them at a young age.
"I remember being six or seven, and her, when we go grocery shopping, picking up extra supplies because there would be someone on the corner," said Charles. "And she'd give them food, she'd give them water."
A legacy that they now continue, rain or shine, holiday or not, feeding those in need, one burrito at a time.