Salvation Army Helps Traverse City Residents Celebrate Easter Sunday

For many, sharing a meal with family and friends is an Easter tradition.

On Sunday morning, the Salvation Army of Traverse City made sure everyone had that opportunity.

They opened their doors for breakfast and worship to end their weekend-long “Easter Eggtravaganza.”

“Today, for some people, is like another day, and an opportunity to meet friendly faces, to be in a safe space—is very important to us,” said Lieutenant Matthew Winters of the Salvation Army.

On Saturday, they had over 350 people show up for their Easter egg hunt.

“We were hoping, expecting for 150, 175 people and the community just came out in a massive way, so we have some ideas for next year to expand and make sure that everyone feels that they get a shot as well,” said Winters.

Traverse City locals enjoyed the chance to spend Easter Sunday with their community and meet some new faces.

“It’s wonderful and I’m so happy to be here—just happy to be here with all the people, nothing but smiles, nothing but good fellowship,” said Nancy and Gary Robertson.

The Salvation Army says the feedback from families this entire weekend has been amazing and they are already looking to see what new things they can plan next.

“They just loved being here, we heard from so many families that they just appreciated the opportunity to come out with their kids and enjoy an egg hunt and come out and jump in the bounce house and so, we’ve been met with nothing but kindness and we really appreciate that,” said Winters.

Their food pantry is open for walk-in Monday and Thursday and free lunches are served on Monday and Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

To view their full schedule of services or donate to the Salvation Army of Traverse City, visit here.