Local Bakery Hands out Loaves of Bread, Holiday Cheer

Posted at: 01/01/2013 6:40 PM
By: Brittany Lewis

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The holiday season is coming to a close, but for one local bakery, the holiday spirit is not.

“It's good to see a smile on people's faces cause you know that you made their day,” said Sarah Fish.

The Gingerbread House Bakery closed for the new year, but their parking lot, and even surrounding streets, are open for business.

"A lot of time people are having a tough time making it now days,” said bakery night manager, Tim Staloch.

The bakery prepared 1,000 loaves of bread, giving them all away Tuesday at noon, for free.

"I think now people need help and food and it's our way of giving back and helping other people,” said owner John Fish.

For four years, owner John Fish, along with friends, family and employees, have handed out the bread, following a tradition his grandpa did 60 years ago.

"It warms you up, it's probably why it's we just love doing it,” said Fish.

"It's a lot of work in making it, but it's uh, even though we're giving it away on a cold day, it kinda warms the soul,” said Staloch.

The loaves go quickly.

"Usually two to three hours. This year, with the warmer weather, we're going quicker,” said Fish.

With one person giving directions, others making sure anyone that stops, gets a few loaves.

"It's a really good thing for them to do. To give back to the community,” said Barb Solum, the first one in line.

At two or three dollars per loaf, Fish is handing out a good amount of money, but he says that doesn’t faze him.  Handing out these loaves of bread, is all about giving back.

Fish also donated some loaves to the Dorothy Day House. Wednesday, he’s working with his church to give away 300 more to people in need.