A number of volunteers and staff from the City Mission in Schenectady gave up their Super Bowl night to throw a party for the residents there. Our Barry Wygel has the story.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- It was a night of fun, friends and good food at the City Mission in Schenectady.
"We're having a Super Bowl party for the guys. It's become somewhat of a tradition," said George Kakule, a shift supervisor at the City Mission.
Complete with pizza, wings, and a big screen TV, the volunteers and staff provided the residents at the City Mission in Schenectady everything they needed to have a good time on Super Bowl Sunday.
"I've had a really good volunteer that has donated for the last couple of years. She donated on the drop of a hat all of the soda," said Kakule.
Congressman Paul Tonko was among the volunteers that took time away from their families to serve the meals. Tonko says it's now a tradition.
"It's always a rewarding day, to be with those who are sometimes forgotten," said Congressman Paul Tonko.
However, even while he is having fun serving up chicken wings, he says it reminds him of serious issues this day brings to mind.
"I think the day showcases the great disparity out there. You see billions that will be spent on commercials, millions will be paid to individuals, all while we seem to pay very little remuneration to healthcare workers, to teachers," said Tonko.
Tonko says every year it's worth it when he sees the smiles on the faces of those he serves, and it's something that all the servers say is rewarding work.
"It's a pleasure to do this, and it's doing the Lord's work," said Kakule.