While Labor Day is typically known as a break from labor, hundreds spent their holiday helping at the Mission at Kern County.
Volunteers used their day off to feed more than 400 people at the homeless shelter. They spent the morning making more than 200 sandwiches for Mission residents, and they prepared food for the rest of the day. During the afternoon, they deep cleaned the kitchen.
Leonard Earnest, one of the kitchen supervisors, said the most rewarding part of the day was seeing “the value of humanity.”
“Everybody’s somebody,” he said. “So when you extend yourself, there’s a reciprocal effect. And people feel good about serving others.”