Local man whips up a 'Christmas Breakfast with Love' for Rogue Valley homeless

Jesse Montague made sure everyone had a home-cooked meal on Christmas morning.

Posted: Dec 25, 2019 4:34 PM
Updated: Dec 26, 2019 1:17 PM

MEDFORD, Ore -- It's Christmas morning and Jesse Montague is up before the sun making breakfast.

"Give them something nice to fill up with," says Montague. He created "Christmas Breakfast with Love," his way of ensuring that even those who struggle the most receive a decent home-cooked meal during the holidays.

He starts with the bacon.

"This is my favorite, bacon," says Montague. Plus there's eggs, sausage and pancakes.

The Christmas Breakfast with Love is made specially for the local homeless population.

"Just give people the opportunity to feel loved, give them hope and give them a chance to want to change," says Montague.

Montague doesn't do this alone. More than a dozen volunteers showed up to help cook, serve food and hand out donations — including hats, jeans and socks.

"I am just thankful to see this many people come out and help," says Montague.

It wasn't always easy for Jesse, either.

"From 2002 to 2009, were my the hardest years here in Medford on the streets," says Montague. He was homeless for a total of 18 years. "Now it's my turn to kind of give people. To come back and give back."

At the end of the meal, people were able to walk away with arms full of new warm clothes, a full belly and hopefully a full heart.

"It's about just giving a little love and then letting them grow," Montague says.

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