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Salvation Army hosts Easter Sunday meal

Posted at 5:09 PM, Apr 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-16 20:09:23-04

The Salvation Army in Tucson hosted an Easter Sunday meal for more than 150 people Sunday morning. The event running now for more than a decade.

The majority of the attendees, struggling with homelessness, like Roy Romero. It was his first time attending the annual event, and he had a smile on his face all morning.

"It's a good thing, and like I said, thank them, thank God," Romero said. "It's Easter, and it's a beautiful day."

Romero explained if it weren't for this event, he wouldn't have had anywhere to go this year.

"My mother is out of town, and it's good to be around friends and the religious thing," he said. "And it's just a good, warm feeling."

Another attendee -- Jim Layman -- also there for the first time. He felt as if the volunteers went above and beyond to make the event one he'll remember."

"It's very uplifting," Layman said. "Them walking around and volunteering, smiles on their faces. It brings smiles to our faces."

One of those volunteers was Alejandro Siqueiros. He explained volunteering on the holidays has become a tradition for him and his friends. The reason? His own life experiences.

"I've been in the situation where I needed help. Actually, my entire family did," he said. "It takes me back to a long time ago, I was probably 7 or 8 years old, and our family was adopted for the holidays. I figure if you're able to give back, why not? You should be able to, I think it's our duty to give back to the community."