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It’s hard to find time for anything when you have eight children, but somehow the Rodgers family makes it to the Union Gospel Mission every other Wednesday to serve lunch to the homeless. It’s hard to find time for anything when you have eight children, but somehow the Rodgers family makes it to the Union Gospel Mission every other Wednesday to serve lunch to the homeless.
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It's hard to find time for anything when you have eight children, but somehow the Rodgers family makes it to the Union Gospel Mission every other Wednesday to serve lunch to the homeless.

“You prioritize what's important and this is important to us,” Marchauna Rodgers said. Marchauna doesn't bring her eight kids to the shelter all together, but twice a month four the last four years, she and at least three of them have helped out.

“It's a way to give back to the community,” the mother of eight told KHQ. “And find ways to give back to others and spread some love.”

Her 13-year-old daughter Elli has been serving since the beginning.

“When I was little I was scared,” Elli said. “I was like ‘who are these people waving at us?' But now it's like, ‘oh, I know that person. They're nice.'”

Elli is an athlete, and says she doesn't have time for much else other than school and her trips to the shelter.

“I just love it down here,” she said. “Making people happy, and giving them food, and a smile.”

Marchauna's younger daughters serve dessert.

“It's fun when we give them something and see them smile,” 11-year-old Makayla Rodgers said.

Makayla has been teaching her six-year-old sister Eva how to serve desserts.

“She still has a couple things to learn,” Makayla said.

Getting the family together is rarely easy, but when those Wednesdays roll around, many rely on the Rodgers.

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