SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Local veterans are continuing to serve by giving back to their communities.
Members of Guardians Brotherhood served lunch to families of all kinds in Jenny Lincoln Park today.
Springfield families were in for a buffet-style lunch that served up to 400 people.
It’s an event that President of Guardians Brotherhood Inc. Michael Murrell wanted to happen for a specific reason.
“It’s just kind of a thing to help serve the community, give back a little bit,” Murrell says.
Murrell’s non-profit organization teamed up with Council of Churches Crosslines program. His team is made up of mostly veterans who want to give back to their community. They provide disaster relief and help those in need. One person they helped out today has been in and out of homes most of his life.
“I want to get off the streets,” Mike Wanstreet says. “I’ve been on and off and on half my life. I’m tired of it. The hardest part is finding a place to sleep.”
Wanstreet says events like this distract him from the problems he faces everyday. He appreciates the veterans who are helping out people like him.
“They help the community being in the forces and now out doing it off the forces?” Wanstreet says. “They’re tough cookies man, they want to serve, they want to serve the people.”
Murrell says his organization goes to several communities throughout the year to offer luncheon’s like this..
“It is is one big family,” Murrell says. “A lot of these people we’ve never met before, we’ve never met them. We get to talk, we get to visit. There’s smiles on everyone’s faces, it means a lot to be able to do that.”
And he says it doesn’t matter who comes to an event, everyone is welcome.
“There’s no limit,” Murrell says. “We don’t ask for ID. It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter where you came from, it’s just anyone that wants to eat.”
Guardians brotherhood says anyone is welcome to volunteer.